Ohio Sets Coronavirus Testing Protocols To 'Maximize Resources'

Mar 9, 2020
Originally published on March 8, 2020 5:32 pm

The state now has the ability to conduct tests for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Due to limited resources the state has created a protocol to determine who to prioritize for testing.

Ohio Department of Health Director Amy Acton said the state will prioritize the most vulnerable people for COVID-19 testing this includes the elderly, people with a pre-existing condition, and health care workers.

Acton says the state wants to be as transparent as possible with their testing protocols.

"People are confused and in order for us to address this as a state we really need to get the best information out there," says Acton.

The next level of testing is for people who are displaying coronavirus symptoms, hospitalized with a fever and who either come into close contact with someone confirmed with having COVID-19, recently traveled to an affected area, or lacks another diagnosis.

The final route is for a test to be ordered by a primary care physician.

"As the COVID-19 situation evolves, the Ohio Department of Health, working in conjunction with hospitals, primary care providers, and other health care experts, has a plan to maximize our testing resources. We are prioritizing the patients who are the most vulnerable to be tested in the Department of Health’s State Laboratory, while ensuring those that need COVID-19 testing will be able to be tested," said Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio).

There are also two private labs that will be able to conduct tests starting Monday.

As of Sunday, the state did not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 and said it had four people under investigation for coronavirus with tests pending. There have been 10 coronavirus tests completed, all 10 people tested negative for COVID-19.

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