COVID-19 Resources and Information
In an effort to keep our members and all Ohio emergency physicians up-to-date and prepared for COVID-19, Ohio ACEP has compiled this webpage of informational resources.
We have also set up an Ohio ACEP COVID-19 engagED community for chapter members to share and discuss developments related to COVID-19 preparations in the state. Click here to access the Ohio ACEP engagED COVID-19 community and log in using your ACEP.org username and password.
Latest Updates: May 15, 2020
Daily updates and the comprehensive Ohio dashboard are available at www.coronavirus.ohio.gov. The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) also has a COVID-19 public hotline, which can be reached seven days a week from 9 am to 8 pm. The number is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).
This was a week of big reopening announcements in Ohio.
- Beginning Sunday, May 31, childcare providers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these providers can meet required safety protocols.
- Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) locations in Ohio will be permitted to reopen for certain services if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. Services that can be accomplished online should still be done online. More details on online BMV services can be found at oplates.com.
- Beginning Tuesday, May 26, gyms and fitness centers in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.
- Beginning Tuesday, May 26, sports leagues in Ohio will be permitted to operate if these leagues can meet required safety protocols. This applies only to non-contact and limited-contact sports. Note that safety protocols for high-contact sports are in development.
- Beginning Tuesday, May 26, public pools and club pools that are regulated by local health departments in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is no evidence that the virus that causes COVID-19 can be spread to people through the water in pools, hot tubs, spas, or water play areas. Proper operation and maintenance (including disinfection with chlorine and bromine) of these facilities should inactivate the virus in the water. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronavirus.ohio.gov. This does not apply to water parks or amusement parks. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.
- Beginning Friday, May 22, horse racing in Ohio will be permitted if these operations can meet required safety protocols. Spectators will not be permitted. A full list of mandatory and recommended best practices will be available soon at coronaviurs.ohio.gov. Note that this does not apply to casinos and racinos. Safety protocols for these venues are in development.
- Beginning Thursday, May 21, campgrounds in Ohio will be permitted to reopen if these facilities can meet required safety protocols.
- This week there are personal services establishments and restaurants and bars opening under guidance established for these industry sectors.
Urgent Health Advisory: Ohioans Protecting Ohioans - May 20, 2020
Ohio Department of Health COVID information and updates for Healthcare Providers.
- COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Clinical Alert Homepage
- COVID-19 Community Forum (for members-only information exchanges)
- ACEP Wellness & Assistance Program ACEP recently met with The Joint Commission to discuss physicians being penalized by state licensing boards and other entities for seeking mental health support. On May 12, TJC released a statement that supports "the removal of any barriers that inhibit clinicians and health care staff from accessing mental health care services, including eliminating policies that reinforce stigma and fear about the professional consequences of seeking mental health treatment." View more wellness and crisis support resources.
- COVID-19 Field Guide
- CDC Health Advisory about Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) Associated with COVID-19