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Ohio Secretary of State Frank LaRose tests positive for COVID-19

LaRose said he is experiencing mild symptoms but is feeling fine, according to a spokesperson.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Frank LaRose, Ohio's Secretary of State, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to a spokesperson from his office.

LaRose said he began feeling "very minor" symptoms of the virus Sunday evening and tested positive the following day.

“Fortunately, I feel fine,” said LaRose. “I even went on a 6.5 mile run on Sunday evening, but after continuing to experience some very mild symptoms, I figured it was best to take a test and be sure.” 

LaRose is fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus. He has postponed all public events for the rest of the week. 

Governor Mike DeWine was briefly in the same room with LaRose during redistricting discussions the previous week. However, a spokesperson with the Governor's Office says the two were seated at opposite ends of the House Finance Hearing Room and no direct contact was made. 

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