Trump's rally 'likely' contributed to coronavirus spike in Tulsa
Jul 10 2020
President Donald Trump's controversial rally and other mass events in Tulsa last month "more than likely" contributed to a local surge in coronavirus cases, according to the health authorities in the southern USA state of Oklahoma on Wednesday. "There will be ample access to hand sanitizer, and all attendees will be provided a face mask that they are strongly encouraged to wear", the campaign said in a statement.
Tulsa has confirmed hundreds of new cases of COVID-19 over the past two days, said Dr. Bruce Dart, health director for the city and county.
His recently Tulsa, Oklahoma rally signified that Donald Trump is ready to hit the road.
Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum said the rally, along with the large "serious seven" events - which the state has identified as weddings, religious events and other large-scale gatherings - informed an executive order that goes into effect tomorrow requiring events with more than 500 people to receive guidance from the health department to evaluate safety plans.
Asked about Dart's comments at a press briefing Wednesday, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany responded: "I would just say I have no data to indicate that on my end". "Obviously we're looking forward to being in the Granite State and back with the folks up in New Hampshire, and as we look at that it's more a factor of precaution", Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said in an interview with Fox News.
Trump's campaign announced the president will hold a Saturday evening rally with the president at the Portsmouth International Airport.
Come Trump surrogates, however, aren't so sure about attending his events. Instead, about 6,200 people gathered inside the 19,000-seat BOK Center arena - far fewer than was expected.
The night of the rally, nearly 1,000 counter-protesters also gathered in the city.
In New Hampshire, there have been 386 deaths and 5,952 confirmed cases of the coronavirus as of Thursday, July 9, according to The New York Times database.
The Trump campaign on Sunday took a small step toward attempting to prevent the spread of COVID-19 at one of President Donald Trump's upcoming rallies. The actual number of infections is thought to be much higher because many people haven't been tested and some who get the disease don't show symptoms.
The health department also reported three additional COVID-19 deaths, bringing the statewide death toll to 407. Norman approved its ordinance Tuesday night after a five-hour city council meeting during which citizens on both sides of the issue spoke out.