Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz is speaking out amid growing questions over the local availability of testing kits for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
“There have been many questions swirling about testing for the COVID-19 virus in Tiffin and Seneca County. Tests are available, however only an extremely limited quantity exists,” Montz said Saturday.
Montz said this is a problem across the entire state of Ohio, even nationally.
“Due to the very short supply, only those with severe/acute symptoms and those essential workers in the medical field such as doctors and nurses, and first responders are able to be tested at this time until additional tests become available,” Montz said. “It should be assumed that COVID-19 is indeed in Tiffin and Seneca County.”
Montz said in accordance with recommendations from the Ohio Department of Health, drive-thru testing will not be set up in Seneca County.
“Drive-thru testing only has an accuracy rate of 62%, meaning it’s highly likely you may test negative when indeed you have the virus and then will continue to spread it thinking you’re just fighting a cold or allergies,” Montz said. “I hope this helps clear up any questions about testing and why it is not being performed, except in extreme cases.”
The Ohio Department of Health on Saturday said there are 247 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Ohio spanning 33 counties, with 3 deaths and 58 patients hospitalized.