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Another Ohio Lawmaker Has Been Sidelined Due To COVID-19

Rep Jon Cross at Ohio Statehouse
Karen Kasler
Rep Jon Cross at Ohio Statehouse

Another state representative is isolating himself, awaiting results from a COVID test. Republican Rep. Jon Cross’s wife has tested positive with COVID and he thinks there’s a good chance he has it too. 

Rep. Jon Cross (R-Kenton) says he was ill with a low-grade fever, body aches and a loss of smell last weekend when he and his wife were tested. Her test came back positive but he is still waiting for results. Cross says he’s feeling better now and is missing being at House session. He says he has told Ohio House Speaker Bob Cupp he’d still come in if there was a close vote on something important. 

“If there is a critical vote needed, I would make my way down to vote if that vote is needed but the protocols have to be in place on how to keep everybody safe. I don’t know how they do that," Cross says.  

Cross has been an outspoken opponent of Gov. Mike DeWine's health orders related to coronavirus. Cross issued this post on his Facebook page in June.

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And since that time, he has also downplayed the importance of wearing masks. In August, when rules came out requiring teachers and students to wear masks, Cross took to Facebook again.

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When asked whether his stance on masks have changed because of his personal experience, Cross said his position has been misunderstood. He says he's not against wearing masks in businesses that ask him to do so. And he says he isn't opposed to wearing masks around others who request it. But he says he remains adamantly opposed to a statewide mask order imposed by government.

Several lawmakers are absent from the Ohio Legislature right now due to COVID situations. Some have said they believed they were infected by other state lawmakers who refuse to wear masks while working in legislative offices or on the floor of the Ohio House and Senate. At least two lawmakers been hospitalized within the past week with complications from coronavirus. Others are recovering at home. And at least one state senator says they've been infected with it a second time. 

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.