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Gov. Mike DeWine: Despite positive COVID-19 test, briefings about state coronavirus progress to continue

Whereas a speedy take a look at administered previous to his assembly with President Trump returned a optimistic consequence, a second take a look at has come again adverse.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has examined adverse for coronavirus, simply hours after an preliminary speedy take a look at yielded a optimistic consequence.

The governor had deliberate to greet President Donald Trump as he landed within the state forward of visits to the Clyde Whirlpool plant and a marketing campaign fundraiser occasion on the Shoreby Membership in Bratenahl. Nonetheless, as quickly as he arrived on the airport he acquired notification that his speedy take a look at got here again optimistic.

In accordance with a tweet despatched by DeWine’s official web page, a PCR take a look at was later administered to the governor, his spouse and members of his workers, which all got here again adverse. These checks search for the genetic materials particular to the virus that causes COVID-19.

The PCR take a look at is thought to be extraordinarily delicate, DeWine stated, in addition to particular for the virus. 

These secondary checks have been run twice. They got here again adverse the primary time and got here again adverse once they have been run on a second diagnostic platform.  

The take a look at administered to DeWine Thursday morning in Cleveland, as a part of the necessities to satisfy with the president, was an antigen take a look at. DeWine defined that these checks signify a brand new expertise to cut back the price and enhance the turnaround time for COVID-19 testing, however he reiterated that they’re nonetheless pretty new.

“We don’t have a lot expertise with antigen checks right here in Ohio. We will probably be working with the producer to have a greater understanding of how the discrepancy between these two checks may have occurred,” a tweet from DeWine learn.

Out of an abundance of warning, and on the route of medical professionals, the governor will probably be examined once more on Saturday. He stated that these outcomes would even be made public.

DeWine addressed Ohioans Thursday by way of a digital press convention from his residence quickly after his preliminary optimistic consequence.

He stated he had a slight headache however in any other case hasn’t skilled any signs of the virus.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted acquired a speedy take a look at alongside DeWine on Thursday. His outcomes, nevertheless, got here again adverse. 

The governor stated his administration is continuous to work on make testing extra available for all Ohioans. One of many issues forward, he stated, is pooling, which might pace up the testing course of.

DeWine instructed reporters that earlier than Thursday, he had solely undergone three checks for the reason that onset of the pandemic. Nonetheless, he famous that he has by no means skilled signs and has had no cause to imagine he had contracted the virus.

DeWine reiterated in the course of the impromptu presser that the virus is spreading all through Ohio communities and that it’s contagious.

“There is no ensures; there is no ensures in life,” he stated.

Nonetheless, DeWine maintained that the preventative measures put into place, together with masks and social distancing, enormously lower the possibility of some contracting COVID-19. He stated he can be “enormously disillusioned” if that preliminary optimistic take a look at consequence would dissuade anybody from taking the steps to stop the unfold of the virus.

He made clear that the principle operate of fabric masks are to stop the unfold of the virus to others, though there’s a slight protecting high quality for the wearer as properly. 

Ohioans can count on his Friday presser to proceed at 2 p.m. as scheduled.

The Ohio Division of Well being did launch the newest color-coded coronavirus map forward of Thursday’s briefing. Domestically, it exhibits Lucas and Erie counties nonetheless below a “Degree 3” advisory. The state additionally reported 1,166 new instances for immediately, which is simply shy of the 21-day common of 1,280. Coronavirus associated deaths have been down only a bit on Thursday as properly with 22, three off of the typical of 25. Hospitalizations have been up, nevertheless, with 135 in comparison with the 21-day common of 97. 

We’ll proceed to maintain you up to date.

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