COVID-19 State Updates: April 11
On Friday, the Ohio Department of Health reported an increase of 18 deaths from coronavirus and 366 additional cases, reaching 231 deaths and 5,878 total cases, compared to 213 and 5,512 on Thursday, respectively. Cases have resulted in 1,755 hospitalizations and 548 intensive care unit admissions.
During an emergency virtual meeting on Friday, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation (BWC) approved $1.6 billion in dividend payments to Ohio employers – most of which, $1.4 billion, will benefit private employers. Dividend checks will go out in batches to employers this month. For more information, read Ohio BWC’s FAQs and press release issued on Friday.
Later on Friday, BWC announced it is postponing this year’s enrollment period for employers to select a managed care organization (MCO) to manage their injury claims. Offered every two years in the spring, the enrollment period is an opportunity for employers to select a new MCO that may best fit their needs. The official enrollment period, scheduled for April 27 – May 22, will now occur May 3 – May 28, 2021. Further questions may be directed to BWCCOVID19@bwc.state.oh.us
Many Ohio distilleries are producing large quantities of hand sanitizer and JobsOhio has purchased more than 3,100 cases of distillery-made sanitizer.
Lt. Governor Husted announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted STERIS, a northeast Ohio company, a temporary Emergency Use Authorization for decontaminating compatible N95 and N95-equivalent respirators by utilizing V-PRO Sterilizers. Additional information can be found here.
Governor DeWine and the Ohio Department of Medicaid (ODM), in partnership with Ohio’s Managed Care Plans announced an emergency amendment to ODM’s provider agreement. The updated agreement will impact pharmacy benefits, telehealth services and service authorization requirements. These changes are intended to remove barriers to care, and to safeguard individual health and wellbeing while reducing burdens on hospitals and providers. ODM’s emergency provider agreement can be read here.
Both Governor Mike DeWine and Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton said Thursday Ohioans will start to hear more details of the plan to emerge from coronavirus-induced isolation next week.
On Thursday, Governor DeWine announced 19 Ohio manufacturing companies and three hospital groups working with JobsOhio will make up to one million face shields for frontline health-care workers battling the coronavirus.
The Ohio House of Representatives announced that State Representatives Jamie Callender and Scott Oelslager will serve as co-chairs of the House Finance Committee going forward.
As previously reported, the Ohio General Assembly has put in place a plan that will allow all Ohioans to continue voting by mail until April 28.See the Ohio Secretary of State’s webpage for more information.