Ohio Lt. Gov. Husted recalls experience at debate after President Trump tests positive

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (WJW)– Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine and Lt. Gov. Jon Husted held a news conference Friday afternoon in response to requests for interviews after President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for coronavirus.

Trump was in Cleveland on Tuesday for the first presidential debate with former Vice President Joe Biden. There was a limited audience for the event, which was held at the Sampson Pavilion, at the Health Education Campus of Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Clinic. The Clinic also serves as the health advisor to the Commission on Presidential Debates.

“This is a powerful reminder to us that we have to do the basic things. We have to wear masks. We have to social distance. We have to be careful. We have to avoid big crowds,” DeWine said.

The governor said he and his wife Fran were tested for coronavirus earlier on Friday. Those results are not yet available.

Husted, who attended the debate, was also tested and is in self-quarantine at home. He said he did not come within 50 feet of the President.

“I was there for the entire day. To get in the debate hall, you had to have a test that came back negative for the virus. Everybody that got in had to have their temperature taken. Everybody that got in had to wear a mask. I saw almost everybody had a mask on in the venue,” Husted said.

Members of Trump’s family, including his children Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric and Tiffany, were all seen without face coverings.

“I couldn’t see everyone, but everyone who was in my sightline had a mask on, outside of the participants in the debate. While I know there were a couple people there who might not have had, I think the Cleveland Clinic did a really fine job, along with Case Western at creating an environment that was the safest you could make something like that. There were at least 6 feet between chairs.”

DeWine encouraged Ohio residents who attended any political rally to be tested for COVID-19.

“If you’ve been in a big crowd, you should get tested. We wish you would not be in a big crowd,” he said.

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