WaPo: Dozens From Secret Service Told To Self-Isolate After Tulsa Rally
The Washington Post reports that dozens of Secret Service officers and agents who were present at President Donald J. Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma have been ordered to self-quarantine after two colleagues tested positive for COVID-19.
- According to two anonymous sources familiar with the decisions, the Secret Service instructed employees who worked the Tulsa event to stay at home for 14 days after they returned home from the trip.
- Hours before Trump’s rally on the evening of June 20, six advance staffers, including two members of the Secret Service, tested positive for COVID-19. After Trump returned to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, two more advance staffers tested positive.
- According to people familiar with the situation who have remained anonymous, the two Secret Service employees who tested positive both attended a Friday afternoon planning meeting where dozens of Secret Service staff met.
- Although the two employees who tested positive did not work the rally, their colleagues who were in contact with them the day before did, two people briefed on the arrangements told the Post.
- One anonymous source familiar with the meeting said, “The entire team should have been switched out” because “They were all exposed.”
- When the positive cases among staffers were announced on Saturday, campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said, “No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials.”
The Secret Service declined the Post’s request for comment.
- Bruce Dart, the director of Tulsa’s Health Department, expressed concerns before the rally that holding an indoor event with so many people could become a “super spreader” event, though attendance ended up being far less than what was anticipated.
- Dart has not said if any new confirmed cases can be directly linked to the rally or to street demonstrations that gathered to protest the rally.
- Nevertheless, the Tulsa Health Department recommends that anyone who participated in the rally or a protest seek testing and monitor themselves for symptoms.
- Dart said, “It’s still too soon to know the outcome from these events.”