Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Negative For COVID-19, After Positive Result

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After testing positive early Thursday morning, DeWine announced he tested negative in a second test, along with Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine and several other staff members on his team.

DeWine initially tested positive in an antigen test Thursday morning as part of the protocal to greet President Donald Trump during his visit to Ohio. The test was arranged by the Republican National Committee at a mobile testing site at Case Western Reserve University.

DeWine was given a PCR test at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center, which searches for the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19.

On Thursday evening, DeWine said on Twitter that a follow-up test appeared to have given him a clean bill of health. They include state Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, who tweeted, "DeWine tests positive! We always would worry, but I'm, you know, going to assume they're taking very, very, very good precautions". "You have to read the test within 15 minutes or it's not valid".

DeWine has been cautious about COVID-19, but after his positive results came back, some questioned the safety measures he has long-advocated for. That's why Grovall believes there may have been a lab error. DeWine's office said it is confident these results are accurate, and "out of an abundance of caution", both DeWine and his wife will be tested again on Saturday.

Or, there may be an issue with the test itself. DeWine also shared that he felt "fine". There, 65 people took an antigen test from Quidel, the same company that did DeWine's test. "This is the same PCR test that has been used over 1.6 million times in OH by hospitals and labs all over the state". Quidel could not be reached for comment. Ohio Press Secretary Dan Tierney said the governor's negative test will be counted in Greene County, where his home in Cedarville resides and the positive will not count in the state's official total since it is a false positive. "And they're all a little bit different".

The same PCR test has been used over 1.6 million times in OH by hospitals and labs all over the state. PCR tests take longer to process but provide the "gold standard" for reliable diagnoses. "It is a quicker test to get back for instances such as DeWine using it in a quick turnaround". Almost 3,600 people in the state have died as a result.

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