A journalist who attended President Trump’s marketing campaign rally in Oklahoma final weekend has examined positive for the coronavirus, he stated Friday.
Oklahoma Watch reported Paul Monies stated he was notified of his positive take a look at Friday.
“Friends, I tested positive for #COVID19. I’m pretty surprised. I have zero symptoms (so far) and I feel fine,” he tweeted. “In fact, I ran 5 miles this morning. I spent the last few hours calling people I know I’ve been in contact with in the last 14 days. Be safe out there.”
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Monies stated he undecided if he contracted COVID-19 on the June 20 rally in Tulsa and has not but been contacted by contact tracers to find out who he is been in shut proximity with.
“I spent a couple of hours reaching out to anyone I was in contact with indoors, a few friends in the neighborhood,” Monies stated. “I just felt it was my responsibility to tell people I knew myself that I have tested positive.”
Six marketing campaign staffers and two members of a Secret Service advance workforce have examined positive for the virus. Trump went forward with the rally regardless of considerations from native well being officers over the massive gathering.
A spokesperson for the Tulsa Hearth Division instructed Fox Information on Sunday that hearth marshal data present slightly below 6,200 scanned tickets had been logged for the rally on the BOK Heart. The Trump marketing campaign initially touted 1 million requests.
On Wednesday, Tulsa well being officers stated it was too quickly to find out whether or not a rise in coronavirus infections might be attributed to the rally.
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“We’re really going to watch the next six weeks, because chances are there were people that were exposed over the weekend … the incubation period is anywhere from two to 14 days,” and the virus might be unfold for weeks after that by these uncovered in the course of the rally, stated Tulsa Well being Division Director Bruce Dart.
As of Friday, Oklahoma has reported greater than 12,300 COVID-19 circumstances and practically 400 deaths, in keeping with the state Division of Well being.