COLUMBUS, Ohio (FOX19) - Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive Thursday for the novel coronavirus.
He took a test to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland on Thursday.
“It’s a big surprise. We have been very careful,” DeWine told FOX19 NOW. You can listen to the our full interview with the governor in the video player above.
DeWine is returning to Columbus where he and First Lady Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, will both be tested, they said.
The governor’s office said he plans to follow protocol for COVID-19 and quarantine at his home for the next 14 days.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took the COVID-19 test today as part of the protocol to greet the president but tested negative.
“I wish him a speedy recovery,” Ky. Gov. Andy Beshear said. “He’s been a strong ally in this fight against COVID-19.”
The Ohio Democratic Party issued the following statement from Chairman David Pepper:
“We are saddened to hear of Gov. Mike DeWine’s test result. 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. As fellow Ohioans, we stand with and support our governor and his family at this time.”
U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement on Governor Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 diagnosis:
“Jane and I were saddened to hear that Governor DeWine tested positive for COVID-19. We are hopeful that he will continue to have no symptoms and send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I spoke with him yesterday about the ongoing COVID-19 response at the federal and state level and I’m certain he’ll continue to lead a strong and safe reopening of Ohio while following the proper protocols and quarantining at home in Cedarville. I hope everyone will support his recovery by continuing to do their part to slow the spread by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. I will continue to work closely with him to support our health care system, our schools, our local governments, our employers, and all Ohio families during the ongoing pandemic.”
While visiting in Ohio, Trump spoke about the governor.
“We want to wish him the best. He’ll be fine...I said I ‘look forward to seeing the governor.’ They said, ‘sir, he just tested positive.’”
DeWine is the second governor to test positive for COVID-19 after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced he contracted the virus in July.