Vorys (Ohio/Texas): Ohio Orders Nursing Homes, Residential Care Facilities, and Licensed Developmental Disabilities Facilities to Notify Residents, Sponsors, and Guardians of COVID-19 Cases

During the COVID-19 press conference on April 13, 2020, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton announced that they would be issuing an order that requires long term care facilities to notify residents and families within twenty-four (24) hours if a resident or staff member tests positive for COVID-19.  This Order was posted by Director Acton yesterday, April 15, 2020, and specifically requires all nursing homes, residential care facilities, and licensed facilities that provide residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities to notify the residents, the residents’ sponsor, and/or the residents’ guardians of positive or probable cases of COVID-19 within the facility.  The Order applies to both residents and staff who test positive for COVID-19 or have a probable diagnosis of COVID-19. MORE.

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