Ohio gov tests negative after positive test before visiting Trump
Published: 08:47 PM, 7 August 2020 Updated: 08:49 PM, 7 August 2020
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine; Photo: Collected
Mike DeWine the governor of Ohio state of US announced Thursday morning about his positive result for COVID-19. But on Thursday night, he said in second test he reported as coronavirus negative. However, the reason of the different results is not clear yet.
The initial test result of DeWine was reported ahead a planned meeting with President Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. Instead of meeting with Mr. Trump, DeWine returned to Columbus and was ultimately tested for coronavirus second time.
According to the Ohio governor's office statement, the second test was a PCR test, which the office described as "extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus." When DeWine was tested earlier in the day, an antigen test was used.
The PCR tests for both the governor and his wife were run twice, and came back negative both times, the office said.
When DeWine received the news of his positive result, called his wife, Fran DeWine, and returned to central Ohio where he took the other test that showed him to be negative.
“A big surprise to me and certainly a big surprise to our family,” DeWine said at a late afternoon news conference broadcast from his porch on his farm in Cedarville in southwestern Ohio, where he planned to quarantine for 14 days.
The 73-year old governor said he didn't know how he would have contracted the coronavirus and that he's already been spending much of his time at his farm, keeping his distance from family members and staff.
DeWine, in his first term as governor, is one of Ohio’s most familiar politicians, previously serving as a US congressman, two-term US senator, Ohio attorney general, and lieutenant governor.