Ohio Nurses Applaud COVID-19 Hospital Transparency

Ohio Hospitals to Report the Number of Healthcare Workers with COVID-19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 23, 2020

Molly Homan, Director of Communications
Ohio Nurses Association
614-746-9914 | mhoman@ohnurses.org

In a bold move, Governor Mike DeWine announced that he has directed the Ohio Department of Health to update their data tool by next week to include every Ohio hospital facility and the number of healthcare workers who have been diagnosed with COVID-19.

“The Ohio Nurses Association is thankful Governor DeWine has heard the plea of our nurses and healthcare workers on the frontline and understands the need for complete transparency. The ONA commends Governor DeWine for his actions and his commitment to defeating COVID-19,” stated Jessica Frymyer, Chair of the ONA Economic and General Welfare Commission. “We are in an unprecedented time where healthcare workers are risking their health and making sacrifices every single day. We believe these statistics will help hospitals and frontlines workers collaborate on evaluating safety measures, including PPE standards and other working conditions, and staffing needs. Collaboration and two-way communication among hospital administration and the frontline experts will play a pivotal role in keeping patients and healthcare workers safe and we look forward to this dialogue.”

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