Coronavirus test kits are now in Ohio, drastically reducing result time

Coronavirus test kits are now in Ohio, drastically reducing result time
Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday coronavirus test kits are now in Ohio. (Source: WOIO)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced at a statewide summit on coronavirus in Columbus Thursday morning that test kits are now in the Buckeye State.

Previously tests for Ohioans who possibly had coronavirus were sent out to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It took five to seven days to get results.

Now that Ohio has its own tests, results are expected within 24 to 48 hours, according to the Governor.

As of 2 p.m., three people in Ohio are under investigation for coronavirus, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

Since the outbreak, seven people in Ohio have been tested with negative results.

There are still zero confirmed cases in Ohio.

“We’re trying to do everything in Ohio to prepare for when it’s in Ohio. We can’t totally stop it from coming to Ohio, but we can be cautious and prudent," DeWine said.

Gov. Mike DeWine press conference

Gov. DeWine is hosting a summit on coronavirus preparedness to address the readiness of Ohio to handle an outbreak of the coronavirus. The summit will include the Ohio Department of Health and local health officials. The Ohio Department of Health stated that there are zero cases of confirmed coronavirus in Ohio. https://bit.ly/2TD8hM8

Posted by Cleveland 19 News on Thursday, March 5, 2020

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