Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive For COVID-19 Ahead Of Trump’s Visit
According to Axios, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine’s (R) office announced Thursday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus and will enter a 14-day quarantine at his home, though he is currently symptom-free.
- Per the report, the 73-year-old governor was slated “to meet President Trump Thursday on the tarmac at an airport in Cleveland and was tested as part of standard protocol.”
- Trump’s planned visit included a campaign fundraiser in northeast Ohio and a tour of a local manufacturing plant.
- Axios noted that “DeWine, a Republican governor, has received rare bipartisan praise for his response to the pandemic.”
- He was “one of the earliest governors in March to close bars and restaurants and implement a stay-at-home order in an effort to slow the spread of the virus,” and condemned the partisan debate over mask-wearing in May.
- DeWine argued: "This is not about politics. ... It's about helping other people."
Axios reported that DeWine “is the second governor known to have contracted the coronavirus, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R).”