Six Trump campaign staffers test positive for coronavirus before indoor rally
Donald Trump’s presidential campaign says six staff members helping set up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus.
The team’s communications director Tim Murtaugh said ‘quarantine procedures’ were immediately initiated and no staff member who tested positive would attend the event.
He said no one who had immediate contact with those staffers would be allowed either. As tens and thousands of people from multiple states made their way to the rally, fears have been raised of a spike in coronavirus cases.
The arena in which it being held can hold up to 19,000 people and is expected to be packed. Murtaugh said campaign staff members are tested for COVID-19 as part of the campaign’s safety protocols.
Campaign officials say everyone who is attending the rally will be given temperature checks before they pass through security. They will also be given masks to wear, if they want, and hand sanitizer upon entering the BOK Center.
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The rally is expected to be the biggest indoor event the country has seen since restrictions to prevent the coronavirus from spreading began in March.
Tulsa has seen cases of COVID-19 spike in the past week, and the local health department director asked that the rally be postponed. But Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said it would be safe.
The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday denied a request that everyone attending the indoor rally wear a mask, and few in the crowd outside Saturday were wearing them.
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