Bruce Dart, the director of the Tulsa Metropolis–County Well being Division, has confirmed that the rally President Donald Trump held within the metropolis final month contributed to a surge of coronavirus instances. On Monday, there have been 261 instances, the best the county has seen because the disaster started.
“Proper now we do have the best variety of instances [in Oklahoma],” Dart mentioned. “We’ve had some important occasions previously few weeks that greater than possible contributed to that.”
Of the Trump rally, Dart mentioned, “The previous two days we’ve had nearly 500 instances, and we knew we had a number of massive occasions somewhat over two weeks in the past, which is about proper. So I assume we simply join the dots.”
The Trump rally responded quickly after, although it blamed protesters who in current weeks have marched in opposition to racial injustice and police brutality for the spike in instances of the virus. Tim Murtaugh, the communications director for the Trump marketing campaign, falsely claimed that Black Lives Matter protesters of taking “actually no well being precautions” although proof from these on the bottom has proven that almost all of protesters have worn masks throughout demonstrations.
“There have been actually no well being precautions to talk of as 1000’s looted, rioted, and protested within the streets and the media reported that it didn’t result in an increase in coronavirus instances,” Murtaugh said. “In the meantime, the President’s rally was 18 days in the past, all attendees had their temperature checked, everybody was offered a masks, and there was loads of hand sanitizer accessible for all. It’s apparent that the media’s concern about massive gatherings begins and ends with Trump rallies.”
The rally went in opposition to the recommendation of the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC), which notes that “Massive in-person gatherings the place it’s tough for people to stay spaced no less than 6 toes aside and attendees journey from exterior the native space” pose the best threat for transmitting infections.
President Trump has scheduled a rally in New Hampshire for this Saturday.