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6 Trump Rally Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19

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President Donald Trump’s campaign says six staff members helping set up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for COVID-19.

The campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement that “quarantine procedures” were immediately initiated and no staff member who tested positive would attend the event. He said no one who had immediate contact with those staffers would attend, either.

Murtaugh said campaign staff members are tested for COVID-19 as part of the campaign’s safety protocols.

Campaign officials say everyone who is attending the rally will be given temperature checks before they pass through security. They will also be given hand sanitizer and masks that they can choose to wear in the 19,000-seat BOK Center.

The rally was expected to be the largest indoor gathering in the world during the pandemic.

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Tulsa has seen cases of COVID-19 spike in the past week, and the local health department director asked that the rally be postponed. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt insisted it would be safe.

The Oklahoma Supreme Court on Friday denied a request to force everyone attending the rally to wear a mask, and few in the crowd outside Saturday were wearing them.


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