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Gov. DeWine opens up testing to all Ohio residents, even those not showing any symptoms

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Posted at 2:25 PM, Jun 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-11 17:49:47-04

COLUMBUS, Ohio — During his Thursday briefing, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced testing for COVID-19 is now open to any Ohio resident, even if that person is low risk or not showing symptoms.

Before today, testing was reserved for those exhibiting symptoms, healthcare workers and first responders.

“We’re encouraging anyone that wants a test to talk to their health care provider or contact a testing location to arrange a test. By understanding who is sick, whether they are showing symptoms or not, we are able to better prevent the spread of the virus,” DeWine said.

Pop-up testing will begin Friday in Columbus. DeWine said popups in Cleveland, Akron, Cincinnati, Dayton, Xenia and Portsmouth will happen soon.

CVS, Rite Aid and Walmart now join private companies that will offer testing to any resident.

CVS is among the pharmacies now offering testing at 15 locations in Northeast Ohio offer drive-thru testing, with an appointment arranged in advance.

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