Ohio governor Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus hours before meeting with Trump

Mr DeWine has no symptoms and will quarantine at home for 14 days

Oliver O'Connell
New York
Thursday 06 August 2020 19:01
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Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the coronavirus pandemic
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine gives an update at MetroHealth Medical Center on the coronavirus pandemic

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine has tested positive for the coronavirus.

He will no longer meet president Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland this afternoon.

The president is on his way to Ohio to speak about economic prosperity, visit a Whirlpool plant, and attend a fundraising reception.

Mr DeWine has no symptoms and has returned to Columbus where he will quarantine for 14 days.

The Covid-19 test was administered as part of the standard protocol when meeting with the president.

Both the governor and first lady, Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, will be tested at home.

Ohio's lieutenant governor John Husted also took a test today, which was negative.

The Republican governor has received bipartisan praise for his response to the coronavirus pandemic in his state — Ohio was one of the first to close bars and restaurants and implement a stay-at-home order.

Mr DeWine also advocated face masks, condemning the partisan debate over their use.

This is not the first time a governor has tested positive for Covid-19. Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt announced that he had contracted the virus several weeks ago.

The president's visit to Ohio comes as polling suggests that the state, which he won in 2016, is now in play in November's general election.

Ohio has seen a surge in coronavirus cases since mid-June. There have been 96,305 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the state, and 3,596 deaths.

On 5 August 1,199 new cases were recorded, down from a peak of 1,733 on 30 July.

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