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COVID-19 Resources and Updates

The OPTA is carefully monitoring the current situation with COVID-19. This page will be updated daily with resources from APTA, Ohio, and national organizations. We care deeply about the health and safety of not only OPTA members, but all Ohioans. 

Health + Wellness Resources

COVID Careline: 1-800-720-9616. Help is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Headspace: An online company specializing in meditation, is offering a free subscription through 2020 for health care providers. Please provide your NPI number to access. 

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services: Information on managing coronavirus-related stress. Crisis text line - Text 4hope to 741 741 for free, confidential help.

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)OPTA has partnered with the Mid American Rehabilitation Network (MARN) to bring OPTA members free access to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Infection Control - Post Coronavirus Town Hall webinar. Facilitated by LW Consulting Inc.'s Deborah Alexander, CHC, CHPC, PMP, DPT, MEd, ATC, CSCS, Director of Rehabilitation Consulting Services and Emile LeDoux, Senior Consultant and Dining Services, the webinar provides:

  • a brief overview of OSHA Regulations
  • a review of various agencies roles within OSHA, NIH, CDC, and state and local health departments
  • a review of "best practices" post- COVID-19
  • additional resources and information

OPTA members can access the webinar through this link, password: MARN. Download the Powerpoint slides here.

APTA Resources

New COVID-19 Guidance for Rehab Specialists: A group of clinicians who experienced high numbers of hospitalized patients with COVID-19 offers recommendations that emphasize early rehab. (10/7/2020)

Information for APTA Members: This link will provide you with resources from APTA.

APTA Regulatory Issues: Information on APTA's current regulatory advocacy efforts. Click + Take Action to make a difference! (4/6/2020)

Academy of Acute Care Physical Therapy: Fostering excellence in acute care practice, in all settings, in order to enhance the health and functioning of patients and clients.

APTA Private Practice Section: Information on advocacy; payment policy; education on practice management, business, marketing, public relations, and business innovation.

Academy of Neurologic Physical Therapy: A web page with online resources for our educators and clinicians to use with their students and patients.

The Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE): Need additional CAPTE Guidance? Review the CAPTE Response to COVID-19.

Ohio Resources

Governor DeWine's Office: Find all news and information issued from Governor DeWine's office. New Release - Ohioans Protection Ohioans Urgent Health Advisory (5/19/2020)  

The Ohio Channel: View the governor's press conference on the coronavirus daily at 2 PM.

Ohio Department of HealthThe latest news straight from the Ohio Department of Health.

COVID-19 Information: Latest list of affected counties as well as the number of cases in Ohio.

Ohio Office of Small Business ReliefCoordinating state efforts to identify and provide direct support for Ohio’s nearly 950,000 small businesses.

Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation: Find information on medical and compensation benefits for work-related injuries. COVID-19 BWC Provider FAQS (4/3/2020) Temporary Telehealth Policy for Check-in Services - COVID-19 State of Emergency (3/27/2020)

Ohio Department of Medicaid: Learn about the executed emergency rules to expand and enhance telehealth options for Ohioans and their providers. Telehealth During an Emergency (3/20/2020) MITS BITS Stakeholder Release (3/20/2020) Telehealth FAQs (3/20/2020) MOST RECENT UPDATES NOW HOUSED ON OUR PAYMENT POLICY NEWS PAGE

Ohio Department of Education: Updated regularly to provide Ohio's schools and districts with information and resources during Ohio's ordered school building closure. New Release Telehealth Guidelines for Service Providers (4/27/2020) Considerations for Students with Disabilities During Ohio's Ordered School-Building Closure (3/20/2020)

Ohio Department of Insurance: Providing important market conduct updates. Health Insurance Coverage Flexibility (3/20/2020) Temporary Suspension of Pharmacy Audits (3/20/2020) COVID-19 Testing (3/20/2020)

OTPTAT BoardImportant information from the Ohio Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Licensure Board.

Ohio Department of Job & Family ServicesVisit Ohio unemploymentto find more information on unemployment in Ohio. Visit Unemployment FAQ  to answer questions about unemployment including unemployment due to COVID-19.

JobsOhio: Economic resources for Ohio's businesses.


National Resources

U.S. Department of Labor: Required posting for all settings - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act Paid Leave Notice:  -This MANDATORY poster describes paid leave that must be made available to employees of all businesses with under 500 employers under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA). This poster MUST be posted in a conspicuous place, or if employees are working remotely, sent to them electronically. Under the new paid leave rules, employees must be provided with between 2 and 10 weeks of paid leave for absences connected to the 2020 Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic. While employers are required to provide this paid leave to employees out of their own funds, the Federal government will provide companies with tax credits to offset the cost of providing this required leave. (4/6/2020)
Poster PDF URL:
Learn More / Print Poster: Learn More About The FFCRA Poster Here

Federation of State Boards of Physical Therapy: Protecting the public by providing service and leadership that promote safe and competent physical therapy practice.  Possible Roles for PTs and PTAs during the COVID-19 Pandemic (3/30/2020)

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health: Promoting the capacity of State Offices of Rural Health and their stakeholders to improve health in rural America through leadership development, advocacy, education and partnerships. Telehealth Resource Centers/Medicare (3/23/2020)

CDC Website: Your guide from the CDC on what steps to take if you are stick, how to prevent illness, and other resources.

Surgeon General’s Website: Providing you with the best scientific information available on how to improve their health and reduce the risk of illness and injury.

National Institutes of Health (NIH): Official website of the world's foremost medical research centers.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration: For information on the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices in the U.S. 

COVID-19 Scams: Unfortunately, there are scams associated with this pandemic. Click this link to stay informed and learn how to avoid scams.

World Health Organization (WHO): Find the latest WHO recommendations and implementation tools for government and organizations.




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