Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz Statement on COVID-19 Testing

Saturday, April 11, 2020

Toledo Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz during a virtual news conference held 10 a.m., Thursday, April 9, talked about COVID-19 testing shortages, including for first responders. To clarify, the mayor was speaking about the shortage nationally.

There is no shortage of testing for first responders locally, the mayor said today.

“In trying to make a larger point about testing nationwide, I inadvertently gave the impression that such a shortage exists here in Toledo and Lucas County,” Mayor Kapszukiewicz said today. “The process is, once a first responder is presumed to have been exposed to COVID-19, that person is in quarantine and monitored for symptoms. If there are symptoms, he or she is tested. Being tested without symptoms is not an accurate indicator. The thing I want to resonate through this clarifying statement is my gratitude for all of our first responders in Lucas County, including Toledo police officers and firefighters, and to Mercy Health – Toledo for making sure the testing is available.”

The city of Toledo has compiled a list of services affected by the pandemic, and available resources, which can be found at this link:

For information on COVID-19, please visit The 24/7 Lucas County Community COVID-19 Call Line Numbers are: 419-251-4000 (English only) and 419-291-5355 (multilingual). The public is asked to refrain from calling 911 unless it is a true emergency. Call 419-213-4161, press 4, and leave a message to report COVID-19 related concerns such as non-essential businesses operating, essential businesses not adhering to guidelines, or crowds gathering.

The Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 website is www.Coronavirus.Ohio.Gov and the Ohio Department of Health hotline is 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (1-833-427-5634).