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New Health Orders Amend Testing Requirements For Employees At Senior Care Facilities

In this March 6, 2020, photo, tissues, gloves, and masks greet visitors at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, in Rockland, Mass.
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In this March 6, 2020, photo, tissues, gloves, and masks greet visitors at the South Shore Rehabilitation and Skilled Care Center, in Rockland, Mass.

The Ohio Department of Health Director has signed some new orders dealing with the care of older Ohioans.

ODH Director Stephanie McCloud signed an order that amends testing requirements for staff at residential care facilities and nursing homes as well as reopens senior daycares and senior centers.

Now, fully vaccinated staff will not have to get regular coronavirus tests, however employees who are not fully vaccinated against COVID will still continue to take those tests twice a week.

Gov. Mike DeWine previewed those orders earlier this week, and said anyone living or working at those facilities who hasn’t yet received the shots will be given another opportunity. 

McCloud also signed health orders that reopen senior centers and older adult daycare centers.

The orders include:

  • Read the amended order for testing of resident/staff at care facilities
  • Read the order that opens senior centers
  • Read opens older adult daycare service centers

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