COVID-19 Provider Updates

COVID-19 Provider Updates
April 24, 2020



As Ohio enters the next phase of response to COVID-19, it continues to rely on the support and professionalism of its health care providers. Please see the most recent updates below. 


Reporting Cases

Providers must notify their local health department within 24 hours of confirmed or probable case identification. This does not include retrospective identification of probable cases. Expeditious reporting is critical to identifying areas with high infection rates and emerging concerns. Click here to locate a local health department. 


Updated Testing Guidance

On April 20, Dr. Acton rescinded her previous order that required all COVID-19 tests to be analyzed by an Ohio hospital system. Now, hospitals and physicians are authorized to use commercial labs for COVID-19 tests. However, if physicians find the labs take an unacceptable amount of time to return testing results, they should continue sending specimens to an Ohio hospital system lab or the Ohio Department of Health Public health Lab. Click here to view the full order. 

PPE Guidance

The CDC released research regarding strategies for extended use and reuse of N95s during a crisis induced shortage. It includes decontamination techniques using ultraviolet germicidal irradiation, vaporous hydrogen peroxide, and moist heat. Click here to view the information available at

Infection Control Procedures 

On April 2, 2020, Ohio Department of Health Director, Dr. Amy Acton, issued an amended Stay at Home Order. A copy of the order may be reviewed here. This order implements additional requirements that essential non-pharmacy licensees (clinics, OTPs, etc.) are required to comply with in order to remain open. To assist non-pharmacy licensees, the Board of Pharmacy has developed a guidance document that can be accessed by visiting:

Hydroxychloroquine or Chloroquine for COVID-19
In a Drug Safety Communication, FDA cautions against use outside of the hospital setting or a clinical trial due to risk of heart rhythm problems. Click here to read the information.

Wellness Resources

As a licensed health care provider, you have risen to the challenge of serving Ohioans in this public health crisis. The Medical Board recognizes the toll that it may be taking on your physical and mental health. Please click here to view resources available to you. 


Telemedicine Guidance

The Medical Board has created a page to keep you up to date on telemedicine rules and requirements during the state emergency. Click here to view the telemedicine guidance.




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