7 Days Later, People Who Attended Trump’s NC Rally Are Turning Up Sick
Just one week after thousands of people gathered at the Gaston Municipal Airport in Gastonia, North Carolina, to see President Donald Trump, people who attended the rally are turning up sick with the coronavirus.
Gaston County’s health department announced on Thursday that two people who went to the event have tested positive for COVID-19, and officials are encouraging anyone who attended “to monitor their symptoms and seek testing if needed."
The Charlotte Observer reported that county officials said “the cases are believed to be independent from one another, and not an indication of spread at the rally.”
Contact tracing for the individuals is underway, the county said. Gaston County made the announcement “because of the large number of potential contacts from the rally, and the inability to alert them directly,” according to the release from county spokesman Adam Gaub.
Per the report, approximately 15,000 people attended the Trump rally at the airfield.
"While attendees were asked to wear masks upon entering the event, many took them off once inside, including police officers, firefighters and other officials," The Observer reported.