Six members of a marketing campaign advance staff working in Tulsa forward of Donald Trump’s Saturday rally have examined constructive for COVID-19, his marketing campaign mentioned, hours earlier than the president was set to take the stage.
The announcement was more likely to additional gasoline considerations that the rally, Trump’s first for the reason that pandemic introduced a halt to main on-the-ground political campaigning, could possibly be a “super-spreader” occasion because the coronavirus proves resilient in a number of states and cities together with Tulsa.
“Per security protocols, marketing campaign workers are examined for COVID-19 earlier than occasions,” Tim Murtaugh, the Trump marketing campaign’s communications director, mentioned in an announcement.
“Six members of the advance staff examined constructive out of tons of of assessments carried out, and quarantine procedures had been instantly carried out,” Murtaugh mentioned.
“No COVID-positive staffers or anybody in speedy contact shall be at as we speak’s rally or close to attendees and elected officers.”
Crowds of Trump supporters are converging on Tulsa for the president’s rally, which is being held at an indoor enviornment that seats about 20,000 folks.
Supporters have already begun streaming into the venue. In keeping with the marketing campaign, all rally attendees are being given temperature checks, facemasks and hand sanitizer.
Some Trump officers have mentioned use of masks is requested however not necessary, and White Home Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany mentioned she is not going to put on a masks on the rally.
Critics, together with Tulsa metropolis officers, have expressed concern that the occasion contravenes a number of pointers that the US authorities’s Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention have issued about giant indoor venues, social distancing and masks use.
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