DeWine: COVID-19 Testing Open to All Ohioans

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — Ohio has expanded testing in the state to anyone who wants to be tested for COVID-19, the disease spread by the coronavirus.

Gov. Mike DeWine made the announcement during his daily briefing Thursday. Until now, testing had only been available to certain populations with the recommendation of a health-care provider.

“We very much had a scarcity mindset. And we are still working to expand our capacity,” DeWine said. “But we are making progress.”

DeWine encourages anyone who wants a test to contact their health-care provider or a testing location to arrange a testing time. Having more Ohioans get tested will help the state mitigate the spread of COVID-19, he said.

“Testing is a very important weapon in our arsenal and we continue to wage war against a very real enemy,” he said.

Residents can locate testing centers on the map at Coronavirus.ohio.gov. The state will continue to add sites to the map, including health-care providers, health organizations and retail partners such as CVS, Rite-Aid and Walmart, he said.

CVS, for example, plans to add seven new Ohio testing locations starting Friday. It currently offers tests at its stores at 1331 Youngstown-Warren Road, Niles and 7230 Market St., Boardman.

The Walmart at 1300 Doral Drive, Poland, also offers testing.

In early May, Rite-Aid expanded COVID-19 testing to individuals without symptoms. Regionally, Rite-Aid testing locations include pharmacies at 713 North State St., Girard, and 2229 East State St., Salem.

Other regional testing sites on the map include One Health Ohio locations at 2642 state Route 5, Cortland; 175 E. Broad St., Newton Falls; 716 Tod Ave. SW, Warren; 1032 E. Market St., Warren; 1977 Niles Road SE, Warren; 500 Gypsy Lane Fl. 3, Youngstown; and 726 Wick Ave., Youngstown, as well as Community Action Agency of Columbiana County locations at 7880 Lincole Place, Lisbon; 16480 St. Claire Ave., East Liverpool and 103 W. Main St., Salineville.

The map will also include pop-up testing locations – temporary sites established through the COVID-19 Minority Health Strike Force, the Ohio Association of Community Health Centers and the Ohio National Guard. PrimaryOne Health and Heart of Ohio Family Health are starting off with six pop-up sites around Columbus on Friday.

Pop-up sites will be available across the state, he said. In the coming weeks, they will be set up in cities like Cincinnati, Cleveland, Akron, Xenia, Dayton and Columbiana, he said.

Providers can submit a testing center location by clicking here and filling out the form.

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