Cleveland Officials Say 11 Positive Coronavirus Tests Were Traced To Debate

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City officials specified that the positive tests were traced to people who had helped organize the presidential debate.

Officials in Cleveland say at least 11 positive coronavirus tests can be traced to organizers of the first presidential debate, NBC News reports.

The city's announcement came after President Donald Trump, who debated Democratic rival Joe Biden on Tuesday in Cleveland, revealed that he and his wife have both tested positive for Covid-19 and are in isolation.

  • City Hall said in a statement: "The City of Cleveland is aware of positive cases of Covid-19 following the Sept. 29 presidential debate. We advise anyone who has come in contact with someone who has tested positive to self quarantine.”
  • The Cleveland Clinic, which handled COVID protocols at the debate, said in a prior statement: "Based on what we know about the virus and the safety measures we had in place, we believe there is low risk of exposure to our guests.”
  • City officials specified that the positive cases were traced to people who were involved with organizing the debate.
  • The city said: "In total, at this time, we are aware of 11 cases stemming from pre-debate planning and set-up, with the majority of cases occurring among out of state residents.”

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