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Ohio Senate Leaders In Quarantine After Positive COVID-19 Test

Ohio Senator Bob Peterson addresses guests during during Candle-lite's 175th anniversary celebration Saturday, July 25, 2015, in Leesburg, Ohio.
Jay LaPrete
Ohio Senator Bob Peterson is in quarantine after testing postitive for the COVID-19.

State Sen. Bob Peterson (R-Washington Court House), president pro tempore of the Ohio Senate, has tested positive for COVID-19. Peterson, along with Senate President Larry Obhof (R-Medina), have placed themselves under quarantine.

A spokesperson for the Senate Majority Caucus says Peterson is doing "ok." Peterson participated in Monday's virtual meeting of the Ohio Controlling Board, where Secretary of State Frank LaRose was seeking $3 million dollars for postage for mail-in ballots.

Obhof has placed himself under quarantine because he had a brief interaction with Peterson during an outdoor event last week. The spokesperson says Obhof's quarantine is out of an abundance of caution.

State Sen. Tina Maharath (D-Canal Winchester) and Frank Hoagland (R-Mingo Junction) have also both previously tested positive for COVID-19 during this pandemic.

Andy Chow is a general assignment state government reporter who focuses on environmental, energy, agriculture, and education-related issues. He started his journalism career as an associate producer with ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus before becoming a producer with WBNS 10TV.