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Politics Trump Rally Likely Fueled Virus Cases, Tulsa Official Says

01:24  09 july  2020
01:24  09 july  2020 Source:   bloomberg.com

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(Bloomberg) -- The top health official in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said that President Donald Trump’s June 20 campaign rally and accompanying protests likely boosted the number of coronavirus infections in the area.

a large crowd of people: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Trump's first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. drew far fewer supporters than the president and his advisers had predicted, a downbeat end to a day of controversy over efforts to oust a top prosecutor in New York. © Bloomberg U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, U.S., on Saturday, June 20, 2020. Trump's first campaign rally since the coronavirus pandemic took hold in the U.S. drew far fewer supporters than the president and his advisers had predicted, a downbeat end to a day of controversy over efforts to oust a top prosecutor in New York.

“We do have the highest number of cases, and we’ve had the significant events in the past few weeks that more than likely contributed to that,” Tulsa Health Department Director Bruce Dart said Wednesday at a news conference.

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He said they likely see Trump and Pence choosing not to wear protective gear and decide against it for themselves. Joel Pritchard, a 21-year-old student at Some participants said they were relieved the rally no longer directly clashed with Juneteenth. But many said the decision to hold a campaign event

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Trump held the rally despite pleas from local authorities to delay because they were already seeing a rise in Covid-19 cases. An estimated 6,200 people came to the city’s 19,000-seat BOK Center, many without masks.

Tulsa County accounts for 4,571 of Oklahoma’s 17,893 Covid-19 cases, or about 26%, according to county and state data. The county reported 261 and 206 cases for Monday and Tuesday, eclipsing Tuesday’s seven-day rolling average of 146.7.

a large crowd of people: The event in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday attracted far fewer supporters than Trump and his advisers had promised. © Photographer: Go Nakamura/Bloomberg The event in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday attracted far fewer supporters than Trump and his advisers had promised.

Dart said the data and timing suggested a relationship between the increase and the Trump rally and other events.

“The past two days we’ve had almost 500 cases, and we know we had several large events a little over two weeks ago,” he said. “I guess we just connect the dots.”

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Coronavirus cases are rising in Oklahoma as President Donald Trump forges ahead to host a rally in Tulsa on Saturday that is expected to be attended by thousands.

At his rally in Tulsa on Saturday night, Trump said the virus , which originated in Wuhan, China At the same rally , Trump told supporters that he asked to slow down coronavirus testing in the You’re going to find more cases !” Trump exclaimed. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down, please!’”

The 6,200-person crowd estimate from Tulsa’s fire department would make it the largest indoor event in the U.S. since March. It was Trump’s first rally since stay-at-home orders shut down large gatherings across the country.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh faulted protesters, not rally attendees.

“There were literally no health precautions to speak of as thousands looted, rioted, and protested in the streets,” Murtaugh said in a statement. “Meanwhile, the president’s rally was 18 days ago, all attendees had their temperature checked, everyone was provided a mask, and there was plenty of hand sanitizer.”

Trump plans to hold another rally Saturday inside an airplane hangar in New Hampshire. White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said the Trump campaign is taking hygiene precautions, but added “it’s the decision of individuals whether to go.”

Several Trump campaign staffers who planned the Tulsa rally, Secret Service personnel and a reporter who attended tested positive for Covid-19, according to media reports.

Mobile-phone location data from people who attended the rally show that most came from outside Tulsa, hailing from at least 44 counties spread across 12 states. Covid-19 is on the rise in 33 of them.

Trump supporters traveled from across the region, according to a Bloomberg analysis of data from SafeGraph. They didn’t fill the arena, though, and public health experts say the extra space may have lessened the risks of transmission.

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