6 Shoreby Club employees test positive for coronavirus prior to President Trump’s visit

However, the accuracy of the tests is now in question following Gov. Mike DeWine's false-positive on Thursday afternoon

6 Shoreby Club employees test positive for coronavirus prior to President Trump’s visit
President Donald Trump speaks during an event at the Whirlpool Corporation Manufacturing Plant, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Clyde, Ohio, prior to his visit to the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl. (Source: Tony Dejak)

BRATENAHL, Ohio (WOIO) - Six Shoreby Club employees tested positive in the lead-up to President Donald Trump’s visit to the lakeshore neighborhood and resort on Thursday evening.

The employees did not attend the event at the club, and the event spaces were sanitized several times after the positive results came back, GM Buddy Kane said.

White House staff conducted the rapid antigen tests on roughly 250 attendees, vendors and workers prior to the event.

Gov. Mike DeWine was tested as part of a the same protocol in order to greet the president, who arrived in Cleveland on Thursday afternoon.

DeWine’s test came back positive, sending shockwaves throughout the state and nation, but during a follow-up test, the governor received a negative result through a more reliable PCR test.

Dr. Amy Edwards said antigen testing used on the governor ahead of his meeting with President Donald Trump can be a helpful tool because of the rapid turnaround time, but she noted the method is “notoriously plagued” by accuracy issues.

Meanwhile, at the Shoreby, Kane said they are working to re-test the staff using the more accurate PCR tests.

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Correction: 19 News reported Shoreby Club staff was administered PCR tests, which is an inaccurate. The staff was administered rapid antigen tests. The club hopes to obtain the more accurate PCR tests in the near future.

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