Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine examined constructive for the coronavirus Thursday earlier than he was scheduled to greet President Donald Trump upon his arrival in Cleveland, a press release from DeWine’s workplace mentioned.
DeWine, a Republican, has no signs of the virus, however plans to quarantine at his dwelling for the subsequent two weeks, in response to the assertion.
The announcement got here shortly after Trump left the White Home to journey to Ohio, the place he’s set to talk about the economic system and tour a Whirlpool manufacturing plant. Trump on the journey can be scheduled to take part in a roundtable occasion together with his supporters and attend a fundraising committee reception within the night.
“The President needs Governor DeWine a speedy and full restoration and commends the job he is doing for the nice state of Ohio,” White Home spokesman Judd Deere mentioned in a press release to CNBC.
DeWine, 73, had postponed his Thursday briefing on the virus so as to attend Trump’s arrival in Ohio, in response to Cleveland.com.
Trump was slated to land at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland at 1:05 p.m. ET, the place DeWine had deliberate to greet him on the tarmac. DeWine was examined as a part of the “normal protocol” for assembly with the president, in response to the assertion from the governor’s workplace.
His take a look at, which apparently delivered outcomes inside hours, got here again constructive, DeWine’s workplace mentioned. He’ll return to Columbus, the state’s capital, the place he and his spouse, first girl Fran DeWine, will likely be each examined, the assertion mentioned.
Ohio has been hit onerous by the coronavirus. There have been 96,305 whole confirmed and possible circumstances of Covid-19 within the state because the pandemic started, together with a complete of 3,596 deaths, in response to the Ohio Division of Well being.
The coronavirus has contaminated greater than 4.eight million folks in the USA, killing greater than 158,000, in response to Johns Hopkins College.
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— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie contributed to this report.