Tulsa Official: Trump Rally 'Likely Contributed' To 500 COVID Cases This Week
According to The Associated Press, President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa in late June “that drew thousands of participants and large protests ‘likely contributed’ to a dramatic surge in new coronavirus cases, Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart said Wednesday.”
- Tulsa County reported “261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday,” the AP reported.
- Dr. Dart said those large gatherings “more than likely” contributed to the spike.
“In the past few days, we’ve seen almost 500 new cases, and we had several large events just over two weeks ago, so I guess we just connect the dots," Dr. Dart said.
- Trump’s Tulsa rally attracted thousands of people from around the US, with about 6,200 people who gathered inside the BOK Center arena.
- Dr. Dart had “urged the campaign to consider pushing back the date of the rally, fearing a potential surge in the number of coronavirus cases,” the report stated.
- Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the campaign went to great lengths to ensure that those who attended the rally were protected.
“There were literally no health precautions to speak of as thousands looted, rioted, and protested in the streets and the media reported that it did not lead to a rise in coronavirus cases," Murtaugh said in a statement. “It’s obvious that the media’s concern about large gatherings begins and ends with Trump rallies.”
- Although masks were provided “to rally goers, there was no requirement that participants wear them, and most didn’t,” the AP wrote. “A reporter who attended the Trump rally is among those who have tested positive for COVID-19, along with six of Trump’s campaign staffers and two members of the Secret Service who worked in advance of the rally.”
“The new cases reported by the Oklahoma State Department of Health follow a record high of 858 cases that were reported on Tuesday and bring the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 17,893,” the report concluded. “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.”