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Ohio Congressmen team up to request White House provide rapid COVID-19 tests for state

Washington, September 4, 2020

U.S. Congressmen Anthony Gonzalez (OH-16), Mike Turner (OH-10), Bob Latta (OH-5), Dave Joyce (OH-14), Steve Stivers (OH-15), and Brad Wenstrup (OH-2) are requesting the Trump Administration provide at least 5 million rapid COVID-19 tests to the state of Ohio to help reopen schools, test high-risk Ohioans, and strengthen the state’s economic recovery. In a letter addressed to President Trump, the congressmembers urge the distribution of these tests ahead of the annual flu season to help Ohioans quickly determine whether their symptoms are due to COVID-19 or the seasonal flu.

“Rapid testing that is affordable and ubiquitous will help control the spread of the coronavirus and ensure our health care system and government leaders have the most up to date information in order to make more informed decisions,” states the letter. “…We respectfully request that the state of Ohio receive at least 5 million tests in a timely manner to help the state better respond to the pandemic.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently announced the purchase of 150 million Abbot BinaxNOWTM COVID-19 Ag Card rapid tests for delivery over the next few months to speed the nation’s recovery and restore American confidence in the future. Authorized this past week for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration, the BinaxNOW test requires no expensive laboratory equipment while delivering highly accurate results within as little as 15 minutes. The test has a demonstrated 97.1 percent sensitivity and 98.5 percent specificity.

Read the full text of the letter here.

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