Story at a glance

  • Trump visited Ohio Thursday on his first trip to the state since the coronavirus pandemic started.
  • DeWine was tested prior to the planned meeting with Trump at the airport, and his positive test results were announced shortly after the president left the White House.
  • The Republican governor said he was not experiencing any symptoms.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R) said Thursday he tested positive for the coronavirus shortly before he was set to meet with President Trump at the airport in Cleveland. 

Trump visited Ohio Thursday on his first trip to the state since the coronavirus pandemic started to appear at fundraisers and official White House events. 


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DeWine was tested prior to the planned meeting with Trump at the airport, and his positive test results were announced shortly after the president left the White House. 

“As part of the standard protocol to greet President Trump on the tarmac in Cleveland, I took a COVID test. I tested positive. I have no symptoms at this time. I’m following protocol and will quarantine at home for the next 14 days,” DeWine wrote in a tweet

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was also tested for coronavirus Thursday ahead of the president’s visit and tested negative, according to DeWine’s office. 

DeWine is the second governor in the U.S. known to have tested positive for COVID-19; Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R) was the first governor to contract the coronavirus in mid-July. Stitt had attended Trump’s June rally in Tulsa but said he’s confident he didn’t contract the virus there. 

“The President wishes Governor DeWine a speedy and full recovery and commends the job he’s doing for the great state of Ohio,” White House spokesman Judd Deere tweeted. 

DeWine has taken aggressive measures to slow the spread of coronavirus in his state, including issuing a stay-at-home order, a mask mandate, closing schools and delaying the state primary. 

As of Thursday, Ohio confirmed 92,273 cases and 3,348 deaths, according to the state health department.

 

Published on Aug 06, 2020