Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, a Republican, has tested positive for the coronavirus.
According to Cleveland.com, the discovery came as DeWine was on the tarmac preparing to meet President Trump, who is flying into Ohio. DeWine is so far asymptomatic, so the discovery was made as a part of the routine procedures around meeting the president.
DeWine did not meet the President, thanks to those precautious.
DeWine has been notably cautious about the pandemic, especially for a Republican.
DeWine, a Republican, has become nationally prominent for his cautious approach to dealing with the coronavirus, including being an early advocate for the wearing of facial masks. To try to encourage the public to get tested, he received a nasal swab on live television in late June as a demonstration. He tested negative the next day.
Officials in the governor’s office said it’s unlikely that many other staffers will have to quarantine as a result of the governor’s positive test. DeWine heads to Columbus twice a week for his coronavirus briefings, but generally works from his home in Cedarville. Most of his staff also work from home. So the only other state officials DeWine likely would come in close contact with include Husted, his security detail and staffers who help with the briefings, Tierney said.
It’s ironic that DeWine would test positive, considering his caution. It just goes to show that many things about the virus are unpredictable at best.
Our best wishes go out to Gov. DeWine and his family.