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Ohio pharmacists will be allowed to order and administer coronavirus tests, Gov. Mike DeWine announces

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that the state has clarified rules to allow pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests.

As Ohio continues to face the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the state has taken a step forward in increasing its testing.

On Thursday, Governor Mike DeWine announced that the Ohio Board of Pharmacy has clarified rules to allow pharmacists to order and administer coronavirus tests. In order to show where tests are available, the state has provided an online map of testing locations at https://coronavirus.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/covid-19/home.

"Pharmacies are critical in our state’s response to COVID-19," DeWine said.

Earlier this week, DeWine announced plans for the state to expand testing in nursing homes, including having the Ohio National Guard help in testing all nursing home employees and nursing homes where the presence of the coronavirus has been confirmed or suspected in order to combat hotspots.

As of Thursday, Ohio has had 33,915 confirmed and probable positive coronavirus cases, including 5,811 hospitalizations, 1,516 ICU admissions and 2,098 deaths.

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