Ohio Governor DeWine Tests Positive for Coronavirus

FRIDAY, Aug. 7, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- On Thursday morning, Ohio governor Mike DeWine said he had tested positive for the coronavirus, but by Thursday night a second test came back negative, NBC reported.

Why the two tests differed isn't clear.

The first test result came before DeWine was to meet with President Trump at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. However, DeWine returned to Columbus and was tested for coronavirus a second time.

The second test was a PCR test, which is "extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus," the governor's office said in a statement. The first test was an antigen test, NBC News said.

The PCR test was done twice for the governor and his wife and was negative each time, the office said.

"We feel confident in the results from Wexner Medical Center," the office said of the PCR test. "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."

Officials will be "working with the manufacturer to have a better understanding of how the discrepancy between these two tests could have occurred," according to the statement, NBC noted.

Another PCR test will be given to the governor and his wife on Saturday to confirm the results.

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