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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tests positive for coronavirus ahead of Trump visit

  • August 06, 2020

Trump landed before 2 p.m. ET at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland, where DeWine had planned to greet him on the tarmac. DeWine was tested as part of the “standard protocol” for meeting with the president, according to the statement from the governor’s office.

His test, which apparently delivered results within hours, came back positive, DeWine’s office said. He will return to Columbus, the state’s capital, where he and his wife, first lady Fran DeWine, will both be tested, the statement said.

“The President wishes Governor DeWine a speedy and full recovery and commends the job he’s doing for the great state of Ohio,” White House spokesman Judd Deere said in a statement to CNBC.

Ohio has been hit hard by the coronavirus. There have been 96,305 total confirmed and probable cases of Covid-19 in the state since the pandemic began, along with a total of 3,596 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

The coronavirus has infected more than 4.8 million people in the United States, killing more than 158,000, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

Amid last month’s rise in Covid-19 cases, DeWin imposed additional measures to try to slow the spread of the disease in his state.

Ohio last week announced a statewide mask mandate applying to all people in indoor public spaces, as well as in outdoor situations where a social distance cannot be maintained. DeWine has also proposed a plan to stop all alcohol sales at restaurants and bars after 10 p.m. nightly.

— CNBC’s Christina Wilkie contributed to this report.

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