Ohio state Rep. Nino Vitale is urging his constituents not to get tested for the coronavirus, flouting advice from health officials — and from another Republican lawmaker, Gov. Mike DeWine.
“This is what happens when people go crazy and get tested. STOP GETTING TESTED!”-Nino Vitale
Vitale was evidently incensed by an order from DeWine and state health officials that people in seven Ohio counties with severe outbreaks must wear face coverings when out in public. That order took effect Wednesday.
Vitale’s statement follows comments from President Trump, who has repeatedly suggested he would like to see less coronavirus testing in the U.S. “If we did very little testing, [America] wouldn’t have the most cases,” the president said in early May. “So, in a way, by doing all of this testing, we make ourselves look bad.” And at a rally last month in Oklahoma, Trump declared that he told his administration to “slow the testing down.”