After testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said “there’s no guarantees in life” and encouraged all Ohioans to continue practicing social distancing and wearing masks while out in public.
DeWine took a coronavirus test as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump as he arrives on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland for his first visit to Ohio since the pandemic started. Trump delivered remarks at the Whirlpool plant in Clyde and is attending a campaign fundraiser at a yacht club in Bratenahl.
“I feel fine,” DeWine said at a press briefing Thursday afternoon. “Have a headache, but I get a lot of headaches throughout my life, so a headache is not anything unusual.”
The governor returned to Columbus where he and First Lady Fran DeWine were both tested.
DeWine says he plans to follow protocol for COVID-19 and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for 14 days.
“Anybody knows me, knows that I’m going to continue to do what I do. I spend most days right here anyway,” DeWine says. “I’m on the phone a lot. I’m on conference calls a lot. And so far, my work is not going to be impacted.”
The governor said that although he has taken every precaution to avoid catching the virus, it is unsurprising that he has contracted it.
“You can contract it even when you’re being very very careful and even when you’re wearing a mask,” DeWine says. “But your odds are just dramatically better, and my odds were just not good that day that I contracted it.”
“There’s no guarantees; there’s no guarantees in life,” he added.
When asked if he had concerns about Trump holding a campaign fundraiser amid the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, DeWine said he’s always concerned when large crowds congregate.
“I’m always concerned any time anybody gets together,” DeWine said. “If that is an inside event – I don’t even know if it’s an inside event or an outside event. I think it’s the Shoreby Club. I just don’t know. We always would worry, but I’m, you know, going to assume they’re taking very, very, very good precautions.”
DeWine is the second governor in the United States to test positive for COVID-19, after Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt announced his diagnosis in July.
Lt. Gov. Jon Husted also took a COVID-19 test Thursday as part of the protocol to greet the president.
Husted tested negative.