CMA Loop - Physician Community

Discussion Thread View

Columbus Public Health Advisory Update:: CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) OUTBREAK

  • 1.  Columbus Public Health Advisory Update:: CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19) OUTBREAK

    Posted 06-18-2020 03:04 PM

    June 18, 2020
    From Columbus Public Health

    The Ohio Department of Health recently issued updated COVID-19 testing guidance for all health care providers in Ohio:

    COVID-19 testing may now be offered to both symptomatic and asymptomatic individuals in Priority Groups 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

    The Ohio Department of Health Laboratory continues to provide COVID-19 testing for symptomatic individuals in Priority Groups 1 and 2.

    Priority 1 is to ensure optimal and safe care for all hospitalized patients, lessen the risk of hospital-incurred infections and ensure staff safety.

    • Hospitalized patients with symptoms.
    • Health care workers with symptoms, including behavioral health providers, home health workers, nursing facility and assisted living employees, emergency medical technicians (EMTs), housekeepers and others who work in health care and congregate living settings.

    Priority 2 is to ensure that people at highest risk of complications from COVID-19 and those who provide essential public services are rapidly identified and appropriately prioritized.

    • Residents of long-term care facilities and other congregate living settings who are symptomatic.
    • Residents and staff of long-term care facilities and congregate living settings who are asymptomatic with potential exposure to COVID-19 when a case is detected in a facility. The purpose of testing individuals who are exposed and asymptomatic is to facilitate more specific isolation and quarantine within the congregate living setting to reduce the risk of virus transmission to other residents [3]. In these cases, the extent of testing will be determined by the local health department in consultation with the facility medical director or other clinical leadership.
    • Patients 65 years of age and older with symptoms.
    • Patients with underlying conditions with symptoms. Consideration should be given for testing racial and ethnic minorities with underlying illness as they are disproportionately affected by adverse COVID-19 outcomes.
    • First responders, public health workers and critical infrastructure workers with symptoms.
    • Other individuals or groups designated by public health authorities to evaluate and manage community outbreaks, including those within workplaces and other large gatherings.

    Priority 3 is to test individuals with and without symptoms in implementing health care services across all health care settings. The purpose of Priority 3 testing is to minimize risk of post-procedure complications and transmission of COVID-19.

    • Individuals receiving essential surgeries and procedures, including those who were reassessed after a delay.
    • Individuals receiving all other medically necessary procedures.
    • Individuals receiving non-essential/elective surgeries and procedures, effective June 2.

    Priority 4:  Individuals in the community to decrease community spread, including individuals with symptoms who do not meet any of the above categories.

    Priority 5: Asymptomatic individuals not mentioned above.

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

    Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Testing Guidance

    Infectious Disease Reporting System

    Columbus Medical Association - CMA
    Columbus Medical Association