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Social media, political leaders react to Gov. Mike DeWine testing positive for COVID-19

DeWine announced later that evening that a second test, different from the antigen one issued earlier, returned negative results for COVID-19 twice.

CLEVELAND — In a shocking announcement, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine disclosed on Thursday that he has tested positive for COVID-19. DeWine says he took a test as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland.

DeWine's office says the governor has no symptoms of coronavirus at the present time. He is returning to Columbus and plans to quarantine at his home for the next 14 days.

Reaction to the news was swift on social media, including from political leaders like Sen. Rob Portman, Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley and Ohio House Minority Leader Emilia Sykes. Other elected officials and candidates for office weighed in as well. 

From Sen. Rob Portman: “Jane and I were saddened to hear that Governor DeWine tested positive for COVID-19. We are hopeful that he will continue to have no symptoms and send our best wishes for a speedy recovery. I spoke with him yesterday about the ongoing COVID-19 response at the federal and state level and I’m certain he’ll continue to lead a strong and safe reopening of Ohio while following the proper protocols and quarantining at home in Cedarville. I hope everyone will support his recovery by continuing to do their part to slow the spread by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. I will continue to work closely with him to support our health care system, our schools, our local governments, our employers, and all Ohio families during the ongoing pandemic.”

Ohio House Rep. Nino Vitale, a noted DeWine critic, added this post on his Facebook page. "While I certainly wish no ill will nor poor health on the governor, I think the question must be asked. Has he not been wearing his mask, or do masks not stop the spread," he asked. 

Others also sent DeWine their well wishes, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and author Connie Schultz, the wife of U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown.