Gov. DeWine explains his contradicting COVID-19 test results

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CEDARVILLE, OH (WCMH) — During Friday’s news conference, Governor Mike DeWine discussed his two COVID-19 tests results, Thursday, that contradicted each other.  

“Yesterday was kind of a crazy day,” DeWine stated at the beginning of his briefing Friday, while holding up a copy of the Columbus Dispatch that showed a headline discussing his test results. 

Earlier in the day, during President Donald Trump’s visit to Ohio, Gov. DeWine took an antigen test, as is protocol from the White House to see the president.  

The test, which was arranged by the Republican National Committee, was from a pop-up mobile testing site held at Case Western Reserve, specifically for people who were going to see the president Thursday.  

DeWine returned to the governor’s mansion in Bexley, following the positive test result, where he took a second COVID-19 test. This time he, along with his staff and First Lady Fran DeWine, took a PCR test administered by doctors from the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. 

DeWine said after his second test, he and Fran returned home to Cedarville. 

“Fran fixed me some chicken and rice soup. I think she thought we were settled in for the long haul here,” said DeWine. “But then we got the test results from Ohio State that had come back negative for all of us.” 

The PCR test looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2 — in other words, the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19.  This test is known to be extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus.  The PCR tests for the Governor, First Lady, and staff were run two times.  They came back negative the first time and came back negative when they were run on a second diagnostic platform.   

“We feel confident in the results from Wexner Medical Center.  This is the same PCR test that has been used over 1.6 million times in Ohio by hospitals and labs all over the state,” DeWine’s office released in a statement. 

During the question session of the daily update, DeWine was asked how he felt after hearing he tested positive.  

“No one can go through that experience without having some sort of impact on you,” DeWine explained, as he stated Ohio will be looking at the accuracy of the antigen test he took. “Going through that experience yesterday, pushed my head down to it, and made me realize we need to check on the reliability of this test.” 

DeWine also noted that President Trump called him Friday, to see how he was doing.

“He said he was told last night by the Secret Service that I had actually tested negative, so he was just calling to see how I was getting along, and we had a good conversation.”  

Out of an abundance of caution, and at the direction of medical professionals, the Governor and First Lady plan on having another PCR test on Saturday.  Results of these tests will also be released. 

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