Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Negative in Second COVID-19 Test

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In an odd turn of events, Gov. Mike DeWine tests negative for COVID-19 hours after testing positive on Thursday ahead of Donald Trump’s visit to the state.

WLWT5 reports:

DeWine, 73, took an initial test for COVID-19 as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, where he learned he had tested positive for the virus.

“A big surprise to me and certainly a big surprise to our family,” DeWine said at a late afternoon news conference broadcast from his porch on his farm in Cedarville in southwestern Ohio, where he planned to quarantine for 14 days.

DeWine said he and his wife Fran were both showing no symptoms.

“I feel fine. I have a headache, but I get a lot of headaches,” the governor said.

DeWine said he considers himself healthy, and aside from having asthma, he nor Fran have any pre-existing conditions.

“The lesson that should come from this is that we’re all human, this virus is everywhere and this virus is very tough,” DeWine said. “And yes you can contract it even if wearing a mask.” The governor said “the odds are dramatically better” of avoiding a positive test if people wear a mask.

DeWine said early Thursday it’s unclear how and where he caught the virus, saying that both he and Fran have been very careful when out in public and have drastically limited their social circle.

Following DeWine’s initial positive COVID-19 test, he and his wife, as well as all his staff members, were tested in Columbus. A PCR test, which is known to be extremely sensitive in detecting the virus, was administered to DeWine and all his staff members Thursday afternoon. The PCR test for the governor, first lady and staff members were run two times, and came back negative each time.

DeWine’s office said it feels confident in the results provided from the Wexner Medical Center, which is the same test that had been used over 1.6 million times in Ohio by hospitals all across the state.

“Out of an abundance of caution, and at the direction of medical professionals, the Governor and First Lady plan on having another PCR test on Saturday. Results of these tests will also be released,” DeWine’s office wrote in a statement on Thursday.

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WLWT5) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested positive for coronavirus ahead of a planned meeting with President Donald Trump. DeWine, 73, took a test for COVID-19 as part of the standard protocol to greet Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. “A big surprise to me and certainly a big surprise to our family,” DeWine said at a late afternoon news conference broadcast from […]

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