Reporter Who Covered Donald Trump's Rally In Tulsa Tests Positive For Coronavirus

A reporter who reported on President Donald Trump's controversial and ultimately under-visited indoor campaign event in Tulsa, Oklahoma, said last Saturday that he had tested positive for the corona virus.
Paul Monies, an employee reporter for the nonprofit news organization Oklahoma Watch, told the Associated Press news agency on Friday that he "couldn't definitely say" that he was infected with the virus at the BOK Center event.
"But it's someone I've been in contact with for the past two weeks," he told AP.
"I'm pretty surprised," Monies tweeted, noticing that he was asymptomatic, "felt good", and had even run 5 miles that morning. He had "spent the last few hours calling people I've had contact with for the past 14 days," he added.
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Friends, I tested positive for # COVID19. I am quite surprised. I have no symptoms (so far) and I am fine. In fact, I ran 5 miles this morning. I've spent the past few hours calling people I've had contact with for the past 14 days. Be safe out there.
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"It won't be painful, but it will be uncomfortable. We have this big Q-Tip that will put you up your nose for 10 seconds. I'll count out loud."

Got my post #TulsaTrumpRally # COVID19 test. I called Monday for an appointment and got one for this morning. Results in 2-3 working days.
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Monies said he wore a mask and mainly followed social distance measures to slow the spread of the virus during his 6 hours in the arena with a capacity of 19,000 per AP.
In a second tweet, Monies said he was "still trying to process the messages".
"Keep your fingers crossed, I'll stay symptom-free," wrote Monies. "We'll see you (with a mask in real life) in a few weeks."
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@ Monies
Thank you for all your kind words and good wishes, friends. Fingers crossed I stay symptom-free. I am still trying to process the news and feel bad for harassing my loved ones and friends. We'll see you in a few weeks (in real life with a mask). #QuarantineLife
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Monies took what he described in another tweet as "Post #TulsaTrumpRally # COVID19 Test" on Thursday.
Oklahoma public health officials urged all participants in the rally, which repeatedly called on the Trump campaign to postpone fears that it could be a super spreader event, to be tested later. Some health experts feared that up to 1,000 people could become infected during the rally.
John Roberts, chief correspondent of the White House at Fox News, described how he was preparing for reporting using a war analogy.
Six Trump campaign employees who worked on the rally tested positive for the corona virus. It turned out on the day of the event, as did two Secret Service members. It forced dozens of other agents to self-quarantine, fearing that they would also be infected.
The Trump campaign had warned people looking for tickets to the rally by releasing their website that they would not be able to take legal action if they became infected with the virus there. A widely condemned move proposed by legal experts would not really prevent lawsuits.
Masks were optional for the rally participants, although the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advised people to wear them in public.
Trump spoke at another indoor rally in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday.
In Oklahoma, along with several other states, there has been a rapid increase in the number of confirmed new cases of COVID-19 this week.
Nationwide, at least 377 people were killed and another 12,000 infected.
Nationwide, it has claimed more than 125,000 lives.
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