Ohio Governor Mike DeWine announced on Tuesday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).
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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.