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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine Tests Positive for Covid-19

The Wall Street Journal. logo The Wall Street Journal. 8/6/2020 Kris Maher
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Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine tested positive for Covid-19 Thursday, ahead of a scheduled meeting with President Trump in Cleveland.

Mr. DeWine, 73 years old, didn’t have any symptoms but was heading back to Columbus, the state capital, to get tested again along with the state’s first lady, Fran DeWine. The governor plans to quarantine at his home in Cedarville for 14 days.

President Trump was scheduled to visit a Whirlpool plant and speak about the economy.

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“The president wishes Gov. 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.

Ohio, like other states in the Midwest, has been struggling with a recent surge of coronavirus cases, including in rural counties. On Wednesday, the state reported 1,199 new cases, more than double the daily number in early June.

This week’s cases bring the total number of infections in Ohio to more than 96,300, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. More than 3,500 people in the state have died from the disease.

Mr. DeWine, a Republican, had been credited with taking aggressive action this spring to stem the spread of the virus, including shutting businesses before many other states did so.

“We’ve got this monster down on the mat and we’re trying to keep him down,” Gov. DeWine said in March.

More recently, as cases began to surge, the governor has urged residents to step up efforts, from mask wearing to social distancing. In mid-July, he issued a color-coded system to track counties. On Tuesday, he issued an order requiring children returning to in-person classes this fall to wear a mask.

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