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Coronavirus In Ohio: DeWine Calls For Federal Help With Testing Materials

Gov. Mike DeWine speaks at his daily coronavirus press conference on March 30, 2020.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

The governor of Ohio is calling on the federal government to help provide crucial materials that would allow a dramatic increase in testing for coronavirus in his state — and later reported a “very positive” response from the agency concerned.

Gov. Mike DeWine said Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” that Ohio hospitals doing the testing lack needed chemicals known as reagents.

DeWine said help from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration would allow him to “probably double, maybe even triple testing in Ohio virtually overnight." DeWine later reported “a very positive phone call" from the agency.

Widespread coronavirus testing in Ohio prisons fuels a weekend surge in cases that researchers say could represent the peak of the pandemic in Ohio.

As of Sunday afternoon, the state reported there were 11,292 cases of COVID-19 cases as of Sunday and nearly a quarter of those are either inmates or staff at Ohio prisons.

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