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Ohio State Representative Joe Miller says he has tested positive for COVID-19

Believes he either got virus in Lorain Co. or Columbus
Posted at 7:40 PM, Oct 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-02 23:07:54-04

AMHERST, Ohio — Ohio State Representative Joe Miller (D- Amherst) announced on Friday that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Miller said he had symptoms consistent with a sinus infection, but out of an abundance of caution he decided to take a COVID-19 test. He received the positive result on Friday.

“Even though I always wear a mask when required and follow social distancing precautions, I unfortunately contracted the virus here in Lorain County or when I was in the legislative session in Columbus,” Miller said in a press release.

Miller, who serves District 56, said he will be isolating at home following the advice of doctors, but will continue to campaign for re-election and for fellow candidates using Zoom and online platforms.

“This is a serious global pandemic and as your state representative I will continue to fight for COVID-19 relief funding for our first responders, our healthcare workers, and those less fortunate in our communities.,” Miller said. “I thank everyone for their support and look forward to seeing everyone back out on the campaign trail and in the community in the coming weeks.

Meanwhile, Gov. Mike DeWine and first lady Fran DeWine were tested for an interaction they had with President Donald Trump before he tested positive for COVID-19. Their results came back negative. Lt. Gov Jon Husted, who attended the presidential debate in Cleveland on Tuesday, just days before Trump tested positive, was tested and also received a negative result on Friday evening.

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