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This GOP lawmaker calling for people to ‘stop getting tested’ for COVID-19. Here’s why testing is important

A GOP state lawmaker in Ohio wants people to stop getting tested

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State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, speaks about his proposal to allow Ohio’s churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages, during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

State Rep. Nino Vitale, R-Urbana, speaks about his proposal to allow Ohio’s churches and pastors refuse to perform same-sex marriages, during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio, Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

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The phrase “STOP GETTING TESTED” — all caps — was trending on Twitter Wednesday morning, and now we know why— Nino Vitale, a Republican state lawmaker in Ohio, called on his constituents to avoid getting tested for COVID-19.

What’s happening:

  • Vitale wrote a Facebook post Tuesday about the testing situation for COVID-19. He said testing gave the U.S. government “an excuse to claim something is happening that is not happening at the magnitude they say it is happening.”
  • He wrote: “Have you noticed they never talk about deaths anymore, just cases? And they never talk about recoveries. They just keep adding to numbers they have been feeding us from over 3 months ago!”
  • Vitale shared a graphic that shows where in Ohio masks will be required.
  • According to Huffington Post, Vitale previously said he would not wear a mask, though, because the face is the “image and likeness of God.”

Why testing is important

  • Public health officials said testing can be important to COVID-19 prevention. Testing can “help treat, isolate or hospitalize people who are infected,” according to Dr. Eduardo Sanchez, American Heart Association chief medical officer for prevention.
  • He said: “Testing also is important in the bigger public health picture on mitigation efforts, helping investigators characterize the prevalence, spread and contagiousness of the disease.”