The Trump campaign said that six staffers had tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday (June 20) night.
The campaign performed hundreds of tests before the rally and said that none of the staffers who tested positive will be in attendance.
"Per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented. No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today's rally or near attendees and elected officials," Tim Murtaugh, the Trump campaign communications director, said in a statement.
The rally will be Trump's first since March 2, when the coronavirus pandemic forced states to cancel all large gatherings. The campaign said that it is taking precautions to ensure the health and safety of everybody who attends.
"As previously announced, all rally attendees are given temperature checks before going through security, at which point they are given wristbands, facemasks and hand sanitizer," Murtaugh added.
While the campaign has made assurances that it is safe to hold the event, all attendees were required to sign a waiver releasing the campaign and president of any liability if they get sick.
The threat of the virus has not stopped thousands of people from camping outside the BOK Center in anticipation of the rally. Most attendees are not wearing masks and do not seem to be following social distancing guidelines.
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