Two Tests, Two Results: Explaining Gov. DeWine's COVID Testing Confusion

Elias Hubbard
August 10, 2020

"What people should not take away from my experience is that testing is not reliable or doesn't really work", DeWine said.

As part of standard protocol, everyone who is scheduled to come into contact with the president is tested for COVID-19, the disease caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus. DeWine tested positive using a rapid test Thursday, before testing negative later in the day using a more sensitive laboratory-developed test.

On Thursday morning, DeWine was administered an antigen test, a newer form of detection for Covid-19.

Tests on samples from DeWine were run on different diagnostic platforms at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center. "They use different reagents, and they use different tests or platforms to actually run the test". "We need to double it again, then double it again", DeWine said. OH is entering a multi-state purchasing agreement to expand the use of rapid coronavirus tests, DeWine said earlier this week.

Cleveland Clinic microbiologist Dan Rhoads said that if the rapid antigen test is being used to insulate the president from exposure to the coronavirus, false positives would alarm the person tested, but wouldn't interfere with the goal of keeping Trump safe.

DeWine said that he plans to move forward with an initiative, cooperating with other states, that would include procuring and using antigen tests - but that they would be careful in how they deploy the antigen tests.

DeWine has said the state continues to try to increase its testing capability.

DeWine planned to continue his work from his Cedarville home.

"Anybody knows me, knows that I'm going to continue to do what I do". "I'm on the phone a lot".

DeWine has been cautious about COVID-19, but after his positive results came back, some questioned the safety measures he has long-advocated for.

"There's just no guarantees in life", DeWine continued. I tested positive. I have no symptoms at this time. "If they test (positive) six more times that information is entered into that one case, so it's not counted seven times".

"You always have to worry about fraud", DeWine said.

"Glad to hear it but how are we supposed to trust any of these numbers when you get a positive test and a negative one with hours of each other?" asked one man in reply to the governor's tweet. DeWine said the state will continue efforts to expand both rapid-result and conventional coronavirus testing.

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