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ODH Updates Guidance for Discontinuing Transmission-Based Precautions

The Ohio Department of Health (ODH) has updated guidance for discontinuing transmission-based precautions in COVID-19 patients.  Based on these updates, the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities has updated guidance for Adult Day Services (ADS) and the DODD Companion Guidance and Terms for Using LTSS Toolkit.

The updated ADS guidance now includes information for providers regarding employees who were symptomatic and can return to work 10 days after symptoms first appear, if at least 24 hours have passed since there has been no fever without the use of fever-reducing medication, and there has been an improvement in other symptoms.

The DODD Companion Guidance and Terms for Using LTSS Toolkit has additional information to address symptoms of a known origin other than COVID-19 (such as seasonal allergies) as non-exclusionary for release to work. This includes the July 17, 2020 Centers for Disease Control updated criteria to end transmission-based precaution after 10 days since the onset of symptoms, plus 24 hours without fever, and improvement in other symptoms. Test-based return to work criteria should not be used and people should not be retested sooner than 90 days after an initial positive test. 

See the updated guidance links for complete details.