Gov. DeWine Tests Positive for COVID-19

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Gov. Mike DeWine’s office announced shortly after noon today that the governor has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease spread by the coronavirus.

DeWine took a test for the virus as part of standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. Trump is visiting the Whirlpool Corp. manufacturing plant in Clyde before attending a political fundraiser at the Shoreby Yacht Club in Cleveland.

DeWine currently has no symptoms, according to his office. He is returning to Columbus where First Lady Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, will be tested. The governor will follow COVID-19 protocol and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for 14 days.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted was also tested as part of the protocol and tested negative.

Following the announcement, the Ohio Democratic Party issued a statement by Chairman David Pepper.

“We are saddened to hear of Gov. Mike DeWine’s test result. 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 stated. “As fellow Ohioans, we stand with and support our governor and his family at this time.”

U.S. Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio, also issued a statement.

“Jane and I were saddened to hear that Gov. DeWine tested positive for COVID-19. We are hopeful that he will continue to have no symptoms and send our best wishes for a speedy recovery,” Portman said.

“I spoke with him yesterday about the ongoing COVID-19 response at the federal and state level and I’m certain he’ll continue to lead a strong and safe reopening of Ohio while following the proper protocols and quarantining at home in Cedarville. I hope everyone will support his recovery by continuing to do their part to slow the spread by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. I will continue to work closely with him to support our health care system, our schools, our local governments, our employers, and all Ohio families during the ongoing pandemic.”

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.