Coronavirus: MVH doctor joins DeWine to unveil Stay Safe Ohio Protocol

Dr. Roberto Colon of Miami Valley Health was one of 10 health care workers who helped unveil the Stay Safe Ohio protocol, which aims to help guide residents to live safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Dr. Roberto Colon of Miami Valley Health was one of 10 health care workers who helped unveil the Stay Safe Ohio protocol, which aims to help guide residents to live safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

A Miami Valley Hospital physician joined Gov. Mike DeWine’s Thursday coronavirus update to help unveil 10 guidelines developed to help Ohioans live safely during the pandemic.

Dr. Roberto Colón, associate chief medical officer at Miami Valley Hospital and VP of Quality for Premier Health, was one of 10 health care workers across the state who announced the Stay Safe Ohio Protocol.

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Each guest shared on of the 10 following points:

  • Stay at home
  • Wear your mask
  • Keep interactions short and stay apart
  • Wash your hands
  • Work from home
  • Celebrate safe; celebrate small
  • Don’t eat or drink with anyone outside of your household
  • Limit travel
  • Keep weddings and funerals safe
  • Enjoy safe holiday activities

Colón shared the fifth guideline: work from home.

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“We want to also encourage everybody as much as possible to be working from home,” he said. “We know this pandemic has created a new opportunity for many to be able to start working remotely and this is a way for use to reduce work-related exposures.”

While not everyone can work from home, there are some things that companies can do to decrease close contact between employees, such as conducting meetings online instead of in person.

“It allows us to still stay connected to one another in a work environment but maintain that safe environment,” Colón said.

He noted that working from home also helped some people make other healthier choices, such as eating better and exercising.

The 10-point protocol was announced as Ohio enters into what DeWine called a crucial period in the state’s fight against coronavirus.

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With the state expected to receive its first batch of the coronavirus vaccine in the next week, DeWine said it’s important that Ohioans continue to follow health guidelines to avoid overwhelming hospitals before the state can start distributing the vaccine.

“These are steps that are sensible steps that we can all follow and will allow us to still live our lives,” he said, “This is about living with this virus and living with it in a safe way.”

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