June 18, 2020From Columbus Public Health
The Ohio Department of Health recently issued updated COVID-19 testing guidance for all health care providers in Ohio: https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/static/docs/COVID-19-Testing-Guidance.pdf.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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