On Thursday, Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
According to a release sent by his office, DeWine tested positive after undergoing a coronavirus test as a part of the procedure for President Donald J. Trump’s visit to Northeast Ohio on Thursday. DeWine was set to greet Trump on the tarmac upon his arrival at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland but is instead heading back to Columbus, where he and Ohio First Lady Fran DeWine will again be tested.
Ohio Lt. Governor Jon Husted also underwent a coronavirus test as a part of the procedure for Trump’s visit and tested negative. Neither Governor DeWine nor Fran DeWine are currently showing coronavirus symptoms. According to a release, the governor now plans to quarantine for 14 days.
Trump’s visit to Northeast Ohio is scheduled to include a stop in Clyde, where he will tour the Whirlpool facility. On Thursday night, he will hold a campaign fundraiser at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl, with 3News Mark Naymik reporting that all in attendance have been told they will receive a rapid COVID-19 test and that all guests must have a negative test for permission to attend.
“We feel that knowing every person on our club property on Thursday has tested negative for COVID-19 is an important safety assurance for our members and our employees,” an e-mail from the Shoreby Club told its members.
Tickets for Thursday night’s fundraiser cost a minimum of $5,600. Guests who contribute $100,000 will have more exclusive access to the president and other GOP officials.
Moments after landing at Burke Lakefront Airport around 1:30 p.m. Thursday, President Donald Trump spoke about the news that Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has tested positive for COVID-19.
Gov. DeWine was planning to be there to greet President Trump upon his arrival, but he left to return home after testing positive. His office says both Gov. DeWine will quarantine for the next 14 days. Lt. Gov. Husted, however, stayed at the event after testing negative.
President Trump also took a moment to address the COVID-19 pandemic as a whole.
“We’re very proud of what we’ve done,” he said. “We’ve built the greatest economy in the history of the world, better than any other nation by far. Then the plague was released by China. Whether it was incompetent or other reasons, it got out. It didn’t get out to China, but it got out to the U.S., to Europe and to a lot of other countries, 188 countries. We will not forget that. We will not be forgetting that, but now we’re rebuilding. We closed it. We saved millions of lives, and now we’re reopening. We want our schools open. We want our buildings open, our office buildings open. We want to get back to business, and we’re doing it.”
President Trump’s visit comes with a tour of the Whirlpool plant in Clyde before a campaign fundraiser at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl.