Gov. DeWine says he took the rapid test in Cleveland and left for the airport.
He says he called First Lady Fran DeWine and each of his children and returned to Columbus for a second test, and then to his private residence for quarantine.
The results of the second test came back late Thursday night.
The governor, the First Lady, and all of the governor’s staff received negative results.
They will receive a third test Saturday and plan to release the results.
DeWine said he had no symptoms.
“I feel fine. I have a headache, but I get a lot of headaches throughout my life, so a headache is not unusual,” the governor said.
The governor told reporters he has had asthma since he was a teenager when asked about any pre-existing conditions.
Governor DeWine said since the start of the pandemic, he’s lived at his private residence and does not stay at the governor’s mansion.
He says his staff is limited to a handful of people.
All of them wear masks, as does the governor.
“When you wear a mask, you’re improving your odds dramatically. But that does not mean you won’t get it,” Gov. DeWine told reporters.
“You wear a mask primarily to protect others,” he continued.
“It’s very contagious. It is here. It lives among us.”
Understanding the governor’s tests
The first test the governor received Thursday was what’s called an antigen test.
The antigen test is what is used for rapid results.
According to the FDA, the antigen test looks for specific proteins on the virus’ surface.
The second test the governor received was a PCR test.
The FDA says that test looks for the virus’ genetic material.
The governor’s office says the PCR test results were processed two times and came back negative each time.
The tests the governor, First Lady, and their staff will take Saturday will also be a PCR test.