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DeWine Rolls Out Plans to Restart Ohio’s Economy

Thursday, April 30, 2020   (0 Comments)
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On April 27, Governor DeWine, Lt. Governor Husted, and Dr. Acton, MD, MPH, made several major announcements regarding Ohio's plan to responsibly restart Ohio's economy during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Below are notable announcements for Ohio’s Community Health Centers.

Additionally, on April 29, the Governor and key officials hosted a healthcare-specific webinar outlining the framework for “Ohio’s responsible restart of health care”. Access the slide deck from the webinar here. There will be a follow-up to this webinar asking for stakeholder input, stay tuned as we hear more about this opportunity.

Health Care Re-Openings:

Beginning Friday, May 1, all medically-necessary procedures that do not require an overnight stay in a healthcare facility or do not require inpatient hospital admission and minimize use of personal protective equipment (PPE) may move forward. This includes regular doctor visits, well-care checks, well-baby visits, out-patient surgeries, imaging procedures, and diagnostic tests. Dental services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established.

Healthcare providers and facilities that plan to resume providing these services must adhere to infection control practices, have sufficient PPE, and talk with patients about the risk of contracting COVID-19.

Responsible RestartOhio Plan

General safe business practices that all businesses must follow as they reopen:

•    Face coverings are required while employers and employees are on the job; this is recommended but not required for customers (see exceptions)
•    Conducting daily health assessments or self-evaluations of employees to determine if they should work
•    Maintaining good hygiene at all times such as hand washing and social distancing
•    Cleaning and sanitizing workplaces throughout the day and at the close of business or between shifts
•    Limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines

Additional RestartOhio Resources

Responsible protocols for getting back to work - printable guide
Non-health care operating requirements

Stay at Home Order/Large Gatherings:

Ohio's Stay at Home order will remain in effect. Although, as you know, anyone is susceptible to getting sick with COVID-19, those who are 65 or older are encouraged to be especially careful, as are those with high-risk conditions such as chronic lung disease, moderate to severe asthma, heart conditions, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or liver disease, as well as those who are immunocompromised or obese. Large gatherings of more than 10 people are still prohibited.  

More Information:

More detailed information on the Responsible Restart Ohio plan can be found online at




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