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As a new strain of coronavirus (COVID-19) swept through the world in 2020, preparedness plans, masking policies and more public policy changed just as quickly. WVXU has covered the pandemic's impact on the Tri-State from the very beginning, when on March 3, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine barred spectators from attending the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus over concerns about the virus, even though Ohio had yet to confirm a single case of COVID-19.

Sen. Portman And UC Health Work To Get More Coronavirus Testing Capability in Cincinnati

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John Minchillo
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Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) helped surmount bureaucratic and political obstacles to help UC Heath get a critical piece of testing equipment for their laboratory that would expand testing for the novel coronavirus.

Sen Portman explains the process in a pre-recorded media briefing and we speak with UC Health's Dr. Dustin Calhoun, who is the medical director for emergency management and the associate professor of emergency medicine.

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