Ohio Governor Mike DeWine Tests Positive for COVID-19
On Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine tested positive for the coronavirus prior to his meeting with President Trump, according to CNBC.
Governor DeWine has no symptoms of the virus but plans to quarantine at home for the next two weeks. Trump is set to speak about the economy and visit a Whirlpool manufacturing plant in Ohio. “I want to just say that a very good friend of mine just tested positive, do you know that?” Trump told a crowd of supporters outside Air Force One. “Our great governor, governor of Ohio, DeWine, just tested positive, just here. And we want to wish him the best. He’ll be fine,” Trump said. “But he’s a great guy, he’s done a fantastic job.”
Governor DeWine is 73 and is the second governor to have tested positive for the coronavirus. Trump landed at 2 PM where he expected DeWine to meet him, but DeWine underwent a test as "standard protocol" for meeting with the president. “The President wishes Governor DeWine a speedy and full recovery and commends the job he’s doing for the great state of Ohio,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said.
Governor DeWine has been strong throughout the pandemic. Although, Ohio has been hit hard by the coronavirus. According to the Ohio Department of Health, there have been 96,305 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,596 deaths. Last week, Governor DeWine announced a statewide mask mandate and prohibited the sale of alcohol after 10 PM.