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Antigen Test Backlog Pushes Ohio to Single-Day Confirmed Case Record

A pop-up testing site on Columbus' west side on December 3, 2020
Dan Konik
Statehouse News Bureau
A pop-up testing site on Columbus' west side on December 3, 2020

Ohio has logged its highest daily number of confirmed coronavirus cases since the pandemic began, but some of that is related to a backlog of tests that the state was double checking over the last several weeks.

The Centers for Disease Control has been allowing results from less sensitive antigen tests to be included with results of PCR tests most states were using since August.

At his press conference Monday, Gov. Mike DeWine explained the state has now added in results from a backlog of 13,000 antigen tests from the federal government, resulting in a single day record of 11,728 confirmed cases and nearly 14,000 probable ones.
“To be clear, all these backlog tests will not translate into new cases, not all of them, they'll be checked and duplicate records will be removed," DeWine said.

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The case count for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 includes a backlog of thousands of antigen tests that will no longer be double-checked.

The state will report positivity rates for PCR and antigen tests separately. Right now the average for this week is 16%, putting Ohio on its own travel advisory list.

DeWine has experience with antigen tests - he tested positive for coronavirus with an antigen test arranged by the White House before a meeting with President Trump in Cleveland in August. That meeting was canceled and DeWine headed back to Columbus, where he tested negative with two subsequent PCR tests.

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