COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has hosted countless press conferences since the COVID-19 pandemic began earlier this year.
On Thursday, he held a briefing outside of his Cedarville home to discuss the news that he tested positive for the virus.
The governor said he was not sure how he contracted the virus.
"Where did I get it? I have no idea," DeWine said. "You're watching me on the front porch at our home, a home that we've lived in since 1974 and basically since the virus came on, since we started dealing with the coronavirus in March, Fran [DeWine] and I have lived out of here. We were living out of here during the weekend, but we left the governor's residence, we came here, we have a farm that goes down that way.
DeWine also addressed those on social media who have been critical of his orders to wear face coverings and have piled on since his positive test. "The lesson is we are all human. The virus is everywhere. The virus is tough. And your odds are dramatically better of not getting it if you wear a mask. Some things are just out of our control."
You can watch the videoconference in the player below.
Gov. DeWine tested positive Thursday as he was planning to greet President Donald Trump at Burke Lakefront Airport, who is visiting Northeast Ohio for a campaign fundraiser event at the Shoreby Club in Bratenahl.
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Gov. DeWine and his wife, Fran, returned home where his office says he will stay in quarantine for the next 14 days. Both Gov. DeWine and Fran also had another COVID-19 test done, but had yet to receive the results. His office says Gov. DeWine is not currently showing any symptoms. Lt. Gov. Jon Husted tested negative.
President Trump addressed the news with a brief statement after landing in Cleveland.
"We want to wish him the best," President Trump said. "He’ll be fine. I guess he’s going for a secondary test. I just said, ‘I look forward to seeing the governor.’ They said, ‘Sir, he just tested positive.’ But he’s a great guy. He’s done a fantastic job."