After testing positive for COVID-19 in a rapid antigen test and later testing negative in a PCR test, Gov. Mike DeWine tested negative for the second time after another PCR test was administered Saturday.
The PCR test doesn't produce false positives, but can produce false negatives if it is administered before viral loads have built up within the first week of infection, said Cameron.
"What people should not take away from my experience is that testing is not reliable or doesn't really work", DeWine said.
An antigen test detects certain proteins that are part of the COVID-19 virus. DeWine tested positive using a rapid test Thursday, before testing negative later in the day using a more sensitive laboratory-developed test.
DeWine was immediately driven back to Columbus, where the governor, his wife and four members of his staff took another test, a polymerase chain reaction test, at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "They use different reagents, and they use different tests or platforms to actually run the test".
"Once we report a case in the OH disease reporting system, then any other information goes into that one case" said Leslie.
The same PCR test has been used over 1.6 million times in OH by hospitals and labs all over the state.
These tests make it challenging to scale the spread of coronavirus due to their slower nature and need to be operated by a trained individual, yet Mohler believes it gives the best understanding of what is going on.
The 73-year-old governor said he had no symptoms at a briefing Thursday afternoon.
DeWine also said that he wants more federal funding for his state to help build out Ohio's coronavirus testing and contact tracing system. "I spend most days right here anyway", DeWine says.
Within a course of 24 hours, DeWine had tested positive in Cleveland and then negatively back in Columbus. "We're going to be very careful in how we use it".
"There's just no guarantees in life", DeWine continued.
"Today, Fran and I were tested again for #COVID19".
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took a COVID-19 test and tested negative.
"You always have to worry about fraud", DeWine said.
But, you know, I feel fine.
Instead, DeWine re-stated a line he's said many times throughout the pandemic: "It's very contagious, it is here, it lives among us".
The result were checked twice, both negative.
This article was last updated 8/6/2020 at 11:10 pm.
As of Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health reports 97,471 confirmed and probable cases of COVID-19 in the state.