Gov. DeWine
Gov. DeWine

In a second test administered Thursday in Columbus, Governor Mike DeWine has tested negative for COVID-19. First Lady Fran DeWine and staff members have also all tested negative for COVID-19.

A PCR test was administered to the governor and members of his staff this afternoon. The PCR test looks for the specific RNA for the SARS CoV-2 — in other words, the genetic material specific for the virus that causes COVID-19. This test is known to be extremely sensitive, as well as specific, for the virus. The PCR tests for the governor, first lady and staff were run two times. They came back negative the first time and came back negative when they were run on a second diagnostic platform.  

The governor’s office feels confident in the results from Wexner Medical Center. This is the same PCR test that has been used over 1.6 million times in Ohio by hospitals and labs all over the state.

The statement from the governor’s office said, “The test administered this morning to the Governor in Cleveland, as part of the protocol required to meet the President, was an antigen test. These tests represent an exciting new technology to reduce the cost and improve the turnaround time for COVID-19 testing, but they are quite new, and we do not have much experience with them here in Ohio. We will be working with the manufacturer to have a better understanding of how the discrepancy between these two tests could have occurred.” 

Out of an abundance of caution, and at the direction of medical professionals, the governor and first lady plan to undergo another PCR test on Saturday. Results of these tests will also be released.

The original statement from the governor’s office Thursday morning follows.

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The Ohio Governor’s Office announced that Governor Mike DeWine took a test for COVID-19 Thursday morning as part of the standard protocol to greet President Donald Trump on the tarmac at Burke Lakefront Airport in Cleveland. 

Governor DeWine tested positive. He has no symptoms at the present time.

Governor DeWine is returning to Columbus, where he and First Lady Fran DeWine, who also has no symptoms, will both be tested.

Governor DeWine plans to follow protocol for COVID-19 and quarantine at his home in Cedarville for the next 14 days.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted also took the COVID-19 test Thursday as part of the protocol to greet the president. Lt. Governor Husted tested negative.

 

 U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) released the following statement on Governor Mike DeWine’s COVID-19 diagnosis today:     
 
“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.”