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Sen. Rob Portman, Rep. Jim Jordan test negative for COVID-19

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Oct 02, 2020

Two Ohio Congressmen who had been in recent contact with President Donald Trump this week have both tested negative for coronavirus. Trump announced he and first lady Melania Trump both tested positive for COVID-19 early Friday morning.

A spokesperson for Senator Rob Portman, a Republican of Cincinnati, confirmed he had a negative test result Friday afternoon. Portman was tested Friday morning after attending a White House event on Lordstown Motors with President Trump on Monday.

"Jane & I send our best wishes to President and Melania Trump for a speedy recovery. I’m glad they immediately began to quarantine and I hope everyone will support their recovery by continuing to do their part to slow the spread by wearing a mask and practicing social distancing," Portman tweeted earlier Friday morning.

Jordan, who represents Ohio's 4th district and is a ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, also tested negative for coronavirus Friday, according to spokesperson Russell Dye. Jordan attended the first presidential debate in Cleveland.

"Mr. Jordan has been advised by his physician that since he was not in close contact with any COVID-19 positive people during a risk time period, he does not have to quarantine," Dye said.

As a precaution, Trump will receive treatment and undergo testing at Walter Reed Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, White House officials said. Trump left the White House in Marine One and arrived at Walter Reed on Friday evening.