Update on COVID-19 Testing in Ohio's Nursing Homes and Assisted Living Facilities
Governor Mike DeWine and Director Ursel McElroy of the Ohio Department of Aging provided an update this week on testing in nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, adult day centers, and adult day cares.
Directory McElroy explained that frequent testing in congregate settings is important to control the spread of the virus. She also mentioned that adult day care and senior centers will open on September 21st. The facilities will test staff every other week and participants if they present symptoms. Outdoor visitation started at Ohio nursing homes on July 20th.
If visitors have questions about protocols or concerns about a facility in their area, they can contact the Ohio Department of Aging. The Department of Aging is working on a dashboard to increase transparency about the status of visitation at facilities across the state so check their website linked above for updates.