Ohio's Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for COVID-19 ahead of Trump visit

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August 06, 2020 - 2:38 pm
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NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19, ahead of a planned visit Thursday from President Trump in Cleveland, DeWine's office announced Thursday afternoon.

The Republican lawmaker's office said he took the test as part of standard protocol before meeting Trump at an airport in Cleveland.

DeWine had planned to join the president on a visit to the Whirlpool Corp. plant in northwest Ohio.

"A very good friend of mine just tested positive," Trump told reporters upon arrival in Ohio. "We want to wish him the best. He’ll be fine."

He is the second governor known to have contracted coronavirus, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt, another Republican.

DeWine, 73, has no symptoms.

He is returning to the state capital, Columbus, with his wife Fran DeWine, who also does not have symptoms. They will both be tested in Columbus.

His office said the governor will quarantine at his home for 14 days.