Statewide COVID-19 Testing Strategies Adjusted

Gov. Mike DeWine on Thursday announced two new strategies to increase COVID-19 testing in Ohio. The State of Ohio Board of Pharmacy has clarified rules that allow pharmacists to order and administer tests as retailers and community health centers expanded their ability to test.

Additionally, the governor said the priority for who can be tested has been expanded to four levels. Testing must first be available to individuals in Priority Groups 1, 2 and 3, but Ohio is expanding to allow partners and communities to test Ohioans in Priority Group 4 which includes testing “Individuals in the community to decrease community spread, including individuals with symptoms who do not meet any of the above categories.”

To help Ohioans find testing locations, a map has been added to coronavirus.ohio.gov that lists COVID-19 testing centers in Ohio. The map includes links to community health centers and pharmacy sites.