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.
Yesterday I was experiencing symptoms consistent with a sinus infection. Out of an abundance of caution, I took a COVID-19 test. My test results came back positive today. pic.twitter.com/GqptFSxaWc— Rep. Joe Miller (@RepJoeMiller) October 2, 2020
“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.
Though he has no reason to believe he came into contact with anyone with a positive diagnosis, he is taking a COVID-19 test today out of an abundance of caution and will voluntarily self isolate at home until the results come back.— Lt. Governor Jon Husted (@LtGovHusted) October 2, 2020