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Tulsa health official: Trump collects ‘probable’ source of virus increase

“We’ve seen nearly 500 new cases in the past few days and we’ve had several major events just over two weeks ago, so I think we’re just connecting the dots,” said Dart.

Trump’s Tulsa rally, its first since the coronavirus pandemic hit the US, attracted thousands of people from all over the country. About 6,200 people gathered in the 19,000-seat BOK Center arena – much less than expected.

Dart had urged the campaign to consider reducing the date of the rally, fearing a possible increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said the campaign went to great lengths to ensure that those who attended the rally were protected.

“There were literally no health precautions to mention, as thousands looted, rebelled and protested on the street, and the media reported that it did not increase coronavirus cases,” Murtaugh said in a statement. Meanwhile, the President’s rally was 18 days ago, all attendees checked their temperature, everyone was given a mask, and enough hand sanitizer was available to everyone.

“Obviously, media concerns about large gatherings begin and end with Trump meetings,” he said.

Although masks were provided to rally visitors, participants were not required to wear them, and most were not.