2nd Coronavirus Test for Governor DeWine Comes Back Negative


COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTVN)--After initially testing positive for the coronavirus on Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine says two subsequent tests both came back negative.

DeWine was initially tested as a protocol before meeting President Trump, when he was in Cleveland. The positive test for DeWine canceled his meeting with the President.

DeWine later addressed the state from his home in Cedarville, saying he and his wife Fran would quarantine for 14 days.

But two subsequent tests, administered by OSU's Wexner Medical Center, both came back negative for DeWine.

Those tests are PCR tests, which he says, "looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2--in other words the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19."

The test before DeWine's meeting with the President was an antigen test. DeWine says he hopes that was a false positive. He'll be given another PCR test on Saturday.

DeWine's staff was also tested for coronavirus, and all tested negative.