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Adult Day Centers and Senior Centers (COVID-19)
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The following information is intended to help providers prepare for and respond to COVID-19. For specific health guidance, consult your local public health officials, visit coronavirus.ohio.gov, or call 1-833-427-5634.

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Reopening Order and Guidance

Coronavirus Relief Funding Opportunity

The State of Ohio is distributing Coronavirus Relief Funds provided to the state from the US Department of Treasury as part of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act").  The Ohio Department of Aging is accepting applications to provide critically needed economic support and grants to Adult Day Service Facilities and Senior Centers who were impacted by public health orders and increased costs due to the pandemic. These funds will be distributed through the Ohio Office of Budget and Management at the direction of the Ohio Department of Aging. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted providers across our state, and these payments are therefore necessary expenditures to compensate for business interruptions and to comply with health orders and related response activities necessary due to the public health emergency. Adult Day Service Facilities and Senior Centers were required to discontinue in-person service delivery in March 2020 pursuant to the Health Director's order. On August 31, 2020, the Director of the Department of Health issued a revised order permitting facility based services to begin on September 21, 2020 if they meet certain safety standards, including reduced capacity and spacing, sanitation, signage and communication, facility standards, activity requirements and staffing protocols. Both types of facilities were impacted during the pandemic due to the high degree of susceptibility to COVID-19 and the congregate nature of the services provided to the public. Providers in this sector have incurred significant losses, continue to incur losses, and are experiencing additional costs due to the pandemic. Providers that are Adult Day Service Facilities and Senior Centers should apply for each separately. 

The application period for relief funds is Oct. 16-31, 2020.

Reopening Training and FAQ

COVID-19 Testing

The state of Ohio has partnered with MAKO Medical to provide supported testing services for the state’s adult day service (ADS) and senior center facilities.  Through this program, ADS and senior center facilities will receive support with testing including: training, access to test kits, lab capacity, and testing.

The links below will assist ADS and senior center leaders with accessing these testing resources and provide background on how to order, schedule, and monitor test results.  ADS and senior center facilities are to work directly with MAKO Medical to obtain test results and to track shipping.  The state does not have access to that information.  

Training and Additional Information:

If you need assistance with the MAKO Medical portal, please contact the MAKO team directly at RNibert@makomedical.com or JTucker@makomedical.com.

If you have additional questions about testing not otherwise addressed in the Ohio Department of Health order, FAQ, and subsequent guidance, please contact the Ohio Department of Aging at COVIDTesting@age.ohio.gov.

Reopening Resources

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