Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump visit

Written by on August 6, 2020

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine examined optimistic for the coronavirus on Thursday earlier than he was purported to greet President Donald Trump.

DeWine took a COVID-19 take a look at as a part of the protocol to fulfill Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. Trump deliberate to tour the Whirlpool plant in Clyde, Ohio, earlier than attending a personal fundraiser in Bratenahl.

DeWine, 73, has no signs this present day, based on a information launch. He’s returning to Columbus the place he and First Woman Fran DeWine will each be examined.

DeWine plans to quarantine at his house in Cedarville for the subsequent 14 days.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted additionally took the COVID-19 take a look at however examined detrimental.

DeWine spokesman Dan Tierney mentioned it was not recognized Thursday the place the governor contracted the virus. 

“He’s been speaking remotely,” Tierney mentioned. “He’s stored the circle small on different workers.”

DeWine is not the primary governor to check optimistic for COVID-19. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he had the disease several weeks ago. Final month, DeWine’s state prisons’ director, Annette Chambers-Smith, introduced she acquired a optimistic COVID-19 take a look at end result after feeling slight signs.

DeWine took a number of the earliest aggressive motion to fight the unfold of COVID-19 in his state, one in every of the first five governors to shut bars, eating places, and wineries in March. 

Throughout the first few months of the pandemic, Ohio was reported as an early success story. The state regularly lifted its stay-at-home order all through Might and June and noticed a plateau in newly reported circumstances, in addition to a decline in hospitalizations. 

In current weeks, nevertheless, circumstances started to surge, with the state reporting greater than 1,000 new circumstances per day for many of July. 

“We’re going the mistaken method,” Dewine mentioned of the uptick in circumstances to NBC’s Meet the Press final month.

“We’re at a vital stage. We’re on the level the place we may grow to be Florida,” he mentioned, issuing a statewide masks mandate in late July. 

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