Which COVID-related health orders are being lifted Wednesday?


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WDTN) — Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Department of Health’s director, Stephanie McCloud, signed an order Tuesday to rescind the following COVID-19 health orders:

  • The Director’s Order to Limit Access to Ohio’s Jails and Detention Facilities
  • The Director’s Order to Release Protected Health Information to Ohio’s First Responders
  • The Director’s Order Requiring the Use of Facial Coverings in Child Education Settings
  • The Director’s Order for Retail and Business Compliance for Facial Coverings through the State of Ohio
  • The Second Amended Director’s Order on Adult Day Support Services and Vocational Habilitation Services
  • The Third Amended Director’s Order on the Opening of Senior Centers
  • The Third Amended Director’s Order on the Opening of Adult Day Services Centers

The orders will be rescinded as of 12:01 a.m. on June 2. Though many health orders are being lifted, the following ones will remain in effect:

  • The Order to Require Screening for Admission to State Operated Psychiatric Hospitals or to Department of Youth Services Facilities.
  • The Director’s Order Designating The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center a Public Health Laboratory.
  • The Director’s Order to Facilities to Notify Residents, Guardians and Sponsor of Positive or Probable Cases of COVID-19.
  • The Director’s Order Requiring Reporting and Notification Regarding COVID-19 Cases in Kindergarten through Twelfth Grade.

On March 4 the governor set the goal of 50 cases per 100,000 people as a benchmark for lifting health orders. However, DeWine revealed his decision to lift health orders without meeting that goal three weeks ago during a Wednesday coronavirus briefing.

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