‘This is a powerful reminder,’ Gov. DeWine says of president’s COVID-19 diagnosis


He said the virus does not discriminate

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WKBN) – Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said President Donald Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis is a “powerful reminder” that Americans need to be taking the proper precautions.

He said those precautions include social distancing and wearing masks.

DeWine held a news conference Friday afternoon to answer questions on the diagnosis and talk about COVID-19’s impact on Ohio.

He said the virus does not discriminate, as was shown when President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the coronavirus.

“If the President of the United States can have it, anyone can have it,” he said.

Friday morning, DeWine wished the president a quick recovery.

DeWine had his own coronavirus scare in August when he initially got a false positive test, followed by a negative test.

In regard to Tuesday’s presidential debate in Cleveland, Lt. Gov. Jon Husted believed that those organizing the event took the proper precautions to keep everyone safe, including keeping chairs 6 feet apart.

DeWine said contract tracing is being done in Ohio due to the debate, and he’ll notify Ohioans the result of that tracing.

In regard to the state’s coronavirus cases, DeWine said people need to wear masks to stop the spread of the virus.

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