Two Ohio Senate Leaders In Quarantine As One Tests Positive For COVID-19

Sep 14, 2020

(L to R) Republican State Senator Bob Peterson and Republican Senate President Larry Obhof in February 2019
Credit Ohio Public Radio

One of the Ohio Senate's top leaders has tested positive for COVID-19, leading both he and the Senate President to go into quarantine.

Statehouse correspondent Andy Chow reports.  

Senate Pro Tem Bob Peterson, a Republican from southern Ohio, tested positive for COVID-19. 


Republican Senate President Larry Obhof will stay home in quarantine for the next week. 


A spokesperson for Obhof says this is out of an abundance of caution after having a brief interaction with Peterson last week, during an event outdoors. 


The spokesperson adds that Peterson is doing "ok" right now.  


Senators Tina Maharath, a Democrat, and Republican Frank Hoagland have also both tested positive for COVID-19 during this pandemic.