Gov. Mike DeWine of Ohio Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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

The announcement came shortly before DeWine, a Republican was scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in Cleveland.

He is returning to Columbus, where he and his wife Fran will both be tested.

DeWine is the latest politician to test positive for coronavirus shortly before they were scheduled to meet with Trump.

He is the second known governor to test positive for coronavirus after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced in July he had contracted Covid-19.

DeWine’s office said the 73-year-old Republican had no symptoms but was returning to Columbus before Trump had landed. His office said he and his wife, Fran DeWine, will both be tested there. DeWine then plans to quarantine at his home in Cedarville for 14 days.

Instead, he received the news he was positive, called his wife, Fran DeWine, and returned to central Ohio.

The Ohio Democratic Party said it is saddened to hear about DeWine’s positive coronavirus test result and offered support for the governor.

DeWine’s office says the government now plans to quarantine for 14 days at his home.

Dewine, 73, said he didn’t know how he contracted the coronavirus and that he’s already been spending much of his time at his farm, keeping his distance from family members and staff.

DeWine said he feels fine with no symptoms. His only health concern is asthma he’s had since he was a teenager, for which he uses an inhaler daily.

Trump offered DeWine his best wishes and said “he’ll be fine” in remarks after arriving at the airport, where he was greeted by another Gov. Jon Husted, who tested negative.

“A very good friend of mine just tested positive,” Trump said. He added that DeWine “has done a fantastic job.”

“I will encourage him to rest but his energy seems to be boundless,” he said.

The number of positive cases in Ohio and decreased after the first surge, hitting a low in late May. But numbers again began to rise in mid-June as Ohio began to reopen businesses. More than 3,600 Ohioans have died.

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