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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine held a remote news conference on his recent exposure to COVID-19 Thursday afternoon.

The governor canceled his appearances through Sunday, including the ribbon cutting at Cleveland’s Opportunity Corridor, after he was exposed to the virus by staff members. DeWine said he was in the car with the staffers, who were vaccinated, for an extended period of time.

DeWine and his wife, Fran, tested negative last Wednesday afternoon.

“Yesterday morning, Fran and I found out that two people who work very close to us both have COVID. I was actually on my way to Akron when I got the call, talked to doctors and turned right around,” DeWine said. “We both decided the best thing to do was pull back and not risk exposing someone. So we’re going to be tested every day.”

The governor then shifted his focus to vaccinations for children ages 5 to 12, which started in Ohio on Wednesday. During the initial rollout, 367,500 pediatric doses are in the state or on their way, according to DeWine.

He also addressed the ongoing COVID-19 surge, fueled by the delta variant. DeWine said 1,264 people died of COVID in Ohio during the month of October. Since deaths are lagging, that number will continue to go up in the coming days. That’s also the sixth highest month for deaths in the state during the pandemic.

“One of the most dangerous myths about COVID is that it only affects old people, that it doesn’t affect young people. That is simply, simply not true,” DeWine said.