Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus

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The Republican governor "plans to follow protocol for COVID-19 and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for the next 14 days", it said, adding that Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took the COVID-19 test as part of the protocol to greet the president and tested negative.

"I want to just say that a very good friend of mine just tested positive, do you know that?"

Mike DeWine announced on Thursday that he has tested positive for coronavirus.

In a Thursday afternoon press conference conducted via video from his home, Gov. Mike DeWine said that he's feeling "fine" after testing positive for COVID-19 this morning ahead of President Donald Trump's visit to Ohio.

The governor did not have symptoms, he said, but does have asthma.

Instead, DeWine re-stated a line he's said many times throughout the pandemic: "It's very contagious, it is here, it lives among us".

Late last month, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, who had refused to wear a mask, tested positive for the coronavirus before he was expected to travel with Trump to Texas. "They said, 'Sir, he just tested positive.' But he's a great guy, he's done a fantastic job". But numbers again began to rise in mid-June as OH began to reopen businesses. And after initially declining to issue a statewide mask mandate, a step some other governors and the president have adamantly resisted taking, DeWine last month joined more than half of US states in announcing a mask requirement.

DeWine urged people attending services to take precautions to slow the spread of the virus. DeWine's first try at a statewide requirement for wearing masks inside businesses - back in April - drew backlash that led him to rescind that directive the following day, a stutter among the aggressive moves that had won him early praise in his efforts to curb the virus. DeWine has often found himself at odds with members of his own party on the policy.

At a briefing on Tuesday, DeWine was asked if he had concerns about Trump holding a fundraiser during the pandemic. DeWine said he planned to give a previously scheduled coronavirus update Friday. The governor has 23 grandchildren. DeWine said "quite candidly" at the time that he and his wife had sought to avoid crowds during the pandemic.

DeWine, 73, is returning to Columbus, the capital, where he will be further tested along with his wife, Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, the statement said. "We have not gone out to be close with a lot of people".

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