coronavirus testing

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases rising on its Kent campus, Kent State University is taking steps to increase the availability for testing for anyone who might want it.

Updated at 8:32 p.m. ET

Top congressional leaders are looking at whether it's time to install a widespread coronavirus testing program on Capitol Hill in the wake of positive tests for President Trump and now two Republican senators — Mike Lee, R-Utah, Thom Tillis, R-N.C.

Updated: 6:05 p.m., Friday, Oct. 2, 2020

Everyone in the hall at Tuesday’s presidential debate tested negative for the coronavirus before entering the event, according to a statement from the Cleveland Clinic, which co-sponsored the debate with Case Western Reserve University and helped develop and enforce COVID-19 safety protocols.

Now-Lt. Gov. Jon Husted speaking at the Columbus Chamber of Commerce Government Day in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.
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After President Trump announced that he and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted said he's taking a COVID-19 test as a precaution.

Ohio State biological engineering student Kelly Sprangel was one of the off-campus students randomly selected to be tested for COVID-19.
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Ohio State University is asking students with travel plans over Labor Day weekend to get tested for COVID-19 before heading out.

The Ohio State University campus sign
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The latest round of data shows 882 students and 20 faculty members at The Ohio State University have tested positive for COVID-19. That includes 260 students who tested positive in the latest 24-hour reporting period on August 31.

Ohio State student Connor Brown, right, and family move into the campus dorms in August.
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It’s a busy first week on the job for new Ohio State University president Kristina Johnson, who came into office as the school deals with an ongoing pandemic and the budget issues that's created.

Nursing home entrance
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The state is pausing a widespread COVID-19 testing program at assisted living facilities due to what Gov. Mike DeWine called "inconsistent results" with the baseline saliva kits.

Downtown Columbus, buildings and water.
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Franklin County is among four counties that saw their public health emergency levels reduced this week due to dropping rates of new COVID-19 cases.

Updated Thursday at 4:55 p.m. ET

The Trump administration has stirred confusion and concern by rewriting its guidelines for coronavirus testing. Public health experts fear the revised guidelines will lead to less testing – something the president has repeatedly asked for — but the administration denies that.

The Ohio State University campus sign
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As in-person classes resume for the first time since March, Ohio State University says 80 students and 12 faculty and staff members returning to campus tested positive for COVID-19.

Ohio State student Ronald Raine, center, move into the campus dorms in August.
Darrin McDonald / WOSU

The Ohio State University starts fall classes Tuesday, following an extended move-in intended to help slow the spread of COVID-19. But the school has even more precautions in place to avoid shutting down again.

The state has entered into an agreement with a company to provide COVID-19 testing for every assisted living facility in the state. Gov. Mike DeWine (R-Ohio) says this marks an important step forward in stopping the spread of coronavirus in high-risk residential areas.

The Marion Correctional Institution in Marion, Ohio.
Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

A recent study by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention suggests correctional facilities that resisted mass coronavirus testing for inmates erred in their decision to only test inmates with symptoms, leading to large initial undercounts.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine gives a press conference from his home in Cedarville.
Office of Gov. Mike DeWine

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thurday set a reopening date of senior centers and adult day centers for September 21 and laid out several measures the facilities will have to follow.