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Unlike Trump, DeWine Says COVID-19 Testing Crucial As Businesses Reopen

Jun 24, 2020

Credit Ohio Public Radio

While President Trump has suggested slowing down COVID-19 testing, Ohio Governor DeWine says increased testing is one way of slowing the increase of COVID-19 cases as the economy begins to reopen. 

Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports.

DeWine says the state has the capacity to do 22,000 tests a day – and increasing testing accessibility will reveal a higher number of cases. That's why DeWine says it's important to track what percentage of people are testing positive.

DeWine says that positivity rate has been between 4-6% since May, a stat he says he sees but isn't posted online.

 

DeWine: "When I leave here today I'll go see exactly what we're putting up, I'll compare that with what I'm seeing, and we'll try to share more data."

 

DeWine says they're trying to increase awareness about the importance of masks, social distancing, and testing. He even got tested for COVID-19 during his live statewide briefing.