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Ohio Governor Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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August 7, 2020 -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday that he’d tested positive for coronavirus not long before his scheduled meeting with President Donald Trump. Later that same day, however, the governor reported a more comprehensive test came back negative.

DeWine said on Twitter that he took the test “as part of the standard procedure to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.”

DeWine said he’s showing no symptoms. He did not meet Trump and returned to Columbus to self-quarantine. Lt. Gov. John Husted tested negative, DeWine said.

Later that evening, DeWine's office issued a statement that results of a nasal swab test, which is more accurate and comprehensive, was negative.

Trump was scheduled to land at the airport on Thursday before visiting a Whirlpool factory in Clyde, Ohio; talking about the economy at several locations; and attending a fundraising reception in Bratenahl, Ohio.

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

DeWine, a Republican, has taken aggressive measures to battle coronavirus by issuing a stay-at-home order, a mask mandate, closing schools, and postponing the state primary, CNN reported.

The state has reported 95,107 confirmed cases and more than 3,500 deaths.

DeWine is the second governor known to test positive for the virus. Kevin Stitt of Oklahoma tested positive last month after attending a Trump campaign rally in Tulsa.

Other politicians who’ve tested positive include these members of Congress: Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), Mario Diaz Balart (R-Fla.), Neal Dunn (R-Fla.), Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), Mike Kelly (R-Pa.), Ben McAdams (D-Utah), Tom Rice (R-S.C.), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.).

WebMD Health News Brief Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD on August 07, 2020


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