Tulsa Health Official Has A Stark Wake-Up Call For People Attending Trump Rally
The city's chief health official has called for people who attend President Donald Trump's indoor campaign event in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday to isolate themselves for two weeks after the event.
Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, told CNN's Don Lemon on Friday that participants should also be tested for coronavirus at least one week after attending the 19,000-person BOK Center event.
"We know that there will likely be people who are incubating or infected at this event," said Dart.
He warned elsewhere in the interview that with the growing number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the state, "we're experiencing a perfect storm of disease transmission and frankly, it's a perfect storm that Tulsa can't afford."
Dart also broadly agreed to a CNN model, which indicated that 800 to 1,000 people could be infected as a direct result of the rally.
"We are not only afraid of Tulsans and Oklahomans, but also of everyone outside the state who is taking part in this rally," he said.
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"We are facing a perfect storm of disease transmission and frankly it is a perfect storm that Tulsa cannot afford." - Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department, about President Trump's upcoming rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Dart urged the Trump campaign on Wednesday to postpone the rally.
"I know that so many people are over COVID, but COVID is not over yet," he warned, at least asking people to wear masks and social distance to slow the spread of infection.
However, Trump himself has reportedly said he won't wear a mask during the rally because "I don't feel like I'm in danger," said Axios.
Attendees at the rally were informed that the Trump campaign website said they would not be able to sue if they become infected there.
The campaign said it would check the temperatures of people at the entrance to the venue and hand out face masks and hand sanitizers.
However, wearing the mask is optional.
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