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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive For COVID-19

Gov. Mike DeWine announced that he has come back positive for COVID-19 after taking a test Thursday.

DeWine was tested in order to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. DeWine is returning back to Columbus to quarantine at his home. 

The governor has no symptoms at this time, his office reports. His wife Fran DeWine will also be tested.

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took a COVID-19 test and tested negative. 

Trump had planned to visit a Whirlpool manufacturing plant in Sandusky County on Thursday before going to a  fundraiser in Bratenahl. The visit intended to focus on the Trump administration's trade policies.

At his most recent coronavirus briefing on Tuesday, DeWine was asked if he had concerns about Trump holding a fundraiser during the pandemic.

“I’m always concerned any time anybody gets together,” DeWine said. “If that is an inside event – I don't even know if it's an inside event or an outside event. I think it's the Shoreby Club. I just don't know. We always would worry, but I’m, you know, going to assume they’re taking very, very, very good precautions.”

This article will be updated with more information as the story develops.

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Paige Pfleger is a reporter for WOSU, Central Ohio's NPR station. Before joining the staff of WOSU, Paige worked in the newsrooms of NPR, Vox, Michigan Radio, WHYY and The Tennessean. She spent three years in Philadelphia covering health, science, and gender, and her work has appeared nationally in The Washington Post, Marketplace, Atlas Obscura and more.