Nine people tested positive for Covid after attending Minnesota Trump Rally
Nine people who attended a rally in Minnesota for President Donald Trump last month tested positive for the coronavirus, state health officials confirmed on Friday, with the latest cases of Covid-19 that could arise crowded rallies Trump has held in recent months that violate guidelines to prevent the spread of the disease.
Trump visited the town of Bemidji, in northern Minnesota, three weeks ago for a hoarse Outdoor rally of 2,000 that featured few face masks and virtually no social distancing, local media reported at the time.
Nine participants in the rally then tested positive for Covid-19, including one who spent a week in hospital and another who was admitted to an intensive care unit on Wednesday, the ministry spokesperson said. Minnesota Health, Doug Schultz.
One of the nine was likely contagious at the rally, according to Schultz.
The state also reported two cases of Covid-19 linked to a anti-Trump protest in Bemidji the same day.
These 11 people told contact tracers that they attended the rally or protest during the time when they were most likely to have contracted the virus, but it is not clear if they did. contracted during these events, Schultz said.
In the days following the rally, the health authorities warned that organizers did not appear to be following state guidelines on social distancing or rules against large-scale gatherings.
The Trump campaign rebuffed the idea that these nine cases are associated with their coming together: “Tie these cases to an outdoor event that happened three weeks ago, where hand sanitizer and face masks were used. been provided, is overkill. We wish them all a speedy recovery, ”Communications Director Tim Murtaugh said in a statement.
278. This is the number of coronavirus cases reported in Beltrami County, which includes Bemidji, since early September, according to state data. 43% of those infections occurred in the days after two big events: Trump’s rally and a wedding the next day.
‘Any type of large gathering poses risks to Covid,’ said Schultz Forbes.
Trump has resisted calls to refrain from large gatherings as the coronavirus remains a threat. His campaign has hosted at least three indoor rallies and several cramped outdoor events since the start of the pandemic, even though its administration health advisers stress that big events are an unnecessary risk. It also hosted dozens of people at the Rose garden two weeks ago for the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, an event which was later linked to several cases of coronavirus. But despite the president’s diagnosis of Covid-19 last week, he is determined to come back to an in-person campaign as soon as possible.
Trump plans to hold still a big gathering at the White House on Saturday afternoon, less than a week after being released from hospital for treatment for Covid-19. Unlike previous Trump rallies, attendees would be required to wear face masks.