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I, Amy Acton, MD, MPH, Director of the Ohio Department of Health (ODH), pursuant to the authority granted to me in R.C. 3701.13 to “make special orders … for preventing the spread of contagious or infectious diseases” Order the following to prevent the spread of COVID-19 within the State of Ohio:
- Effective at 11 :59 p.m. on March 25, 2020, all facilities providing child care services are closed unless they have a Temporary Pandemic Child Care License issued by the Ohio Depmiment of Job and Family Services.
- This Order exempts any facility that stays open for the purpose of operating a United States Depmiment of Agriculture food service program, but does not continue to provide child care services.
- This Order shall remain in full force and effect until the State of Emergency declared by the Governor no longer exists, or the Director of the Ohio Department of Health rescinds or modifies this Order.
- To the extent any public official enforcing this Order has questions regarding what services are prohibited under this Order, the Director of Health hereby delegates to the local depmiments of job and family services the authority to answer questions regarding Temporary Pandemic Child Care Licenses and to the Ohio Depmiment of Education (ODE) the authority to answer questions regarding ODE licensed services in writing and consistent with this Order.
COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that can result in serious illness or death, is caused by the SARS-Co V 2 virus, which is a new strain of coronavirus that had not been previously identified in humans and can easily spread from person to person. The virus is spread between individuals who are in close contact with each other (within about six feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It may be possible that individuals can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose or eyes.