Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive For Coronavirus

Henrietta Brewer
August 6, 2020

Ohio's Republican Governor Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19, hours before he was set to greet the president at the airport for his visit to the Buckeye State.

"It is vital that to control the spread of the virus that any time people gather together, including for religious services, that everyone wear masks, practice social distancing, wash hands, and also while indoors, making sure there is good ventilation and airflow", DeWine said.

DeWine tweeted Thursday that he's not experiencing symptoms at this time.

DeWine's office said Thursday he took the test as part of standard protocol before meeting Trump.

DeWine had postponed his usual Thursday press briefing to Friday in order to meet Trump.

DeWine becomes the second USA governor to test positive for coronavirus after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he contracted the virus last month.

Two states have been removed from Ohio's COVID-19 travel advisory list, and one state has been added.

"It spread like wildfire".

"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 wrote.

The state of OH has more than 96,300 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and over 3,500 related deaths, according to the Johns Hopkins University Coronavirus Resource Centre.

This story will be updated.

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