Coronavirus Update: All Surgeries Can Resume, K-12 Expected to Return in Fall & More
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COVID-19 cases — As of Tuesday, June 2, 4,752 cases and 219 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported or are probable in Columbus and Worthington. Countywide, 6,260 cases and 289 deaths from COVID-19 have been reported by Columbus Public Health and Franklin County Public Health.
Statewide, 36,350 cases and 2,258 deaths have been confirmed or are probable.
15% of cases in Columbus Public Health’s jurisdiction have been attributed to healthcare workers. 69% of deaths have been in long-term care facilities.
Elective, Overnight Surgeries Can Resume
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that health care providers can resume all surgeries and operations that had previously been delayed in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
He also laid out a few guidelines for the restart, including that providers must maintain adequate inventories of PPE, create a plan for conserving and monitoring their use, outline processes for testing patients and staff for COVID-19, use telehealth whenever possible and more.
In-Person K-12 to Resume in Fall
Governor DeWine also said the state’s goal is to return to in-person schooling in the fall. He did however add that when students would return would be up to local school boards.
This comes after many colleges and universities, including Ohio Dominican, Ohio Wesleyan, Otterbein, Capital, Ohio University and the Columbus College of Art & Design, have decided to return to in-person classes in the fall. Ohio State University is currently considering a range of scenarios, with a decision by mid-June.
For more information on COVID-19 in Ohio, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov or call 1-833-4-ASK-ODH.