Governor DeWine tests positive for COVID-19

DeWine's office said Thursday he took the test as part of standard protocol before meeting Trump. DeWine's office says he is currently asymptomatic, but he and his wife will now return to Columbus and self-quarantine for the next 2 weeks.

The 73-year-old governor has no symptoms, however, and plans to quarantine for 14 days at his home.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took a COVID-19 test and tested negative. He's the second governor known to have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Mr. DeWine, a Republican, had been credited with taking aggressive action this spring to stem the spread of the virus, including shutting businesses before many other states did so.

President Trump was scheduled to visit a Whirlpool plant and speak about the economy.

"It is vital that any time people gather together, everyone wears masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, and while indoors, making sure there are good ventilation and airflow", DeWine said. I think it's the Shoreby Club.

At Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, the president delivered a short speech promoting his reelection campaign and highlighting his administration's work in the state. It's not clear yet if that briefing will still happen.

DeWine is the second US governor to test positive for the coronavirus, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced his illness in July.

"We know how hard he's been working to keep Ohioans safe, and this is just one more reminder that this virus can impact everyone", Pepper wrote.

Ohio, like other states in the Midwest, has been struggling with a recent surge of coronavirus cases, including in rural counties. More than 3,500 people in the state have died from the disease.

This article will be updated with more information as the story develops.



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