Top health official: Trump’s Tulsa rally ‘likely contributed’ to coronavirus surge

According to Tulsa City-County Health Department Director Dr. Bruce Dart this Wednesday, President Trump’s rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in late June “likely contributed” to a large spike in new coronavirus cases, the Associated Press reports.

“Tulsa County reported 261 confirmed new cases on Monday, a one-day record high, and another 206 cases on Tuesday. By comparison, during the week before the June 20 Trump rally, there were 76 cases on Monday and 96 on Tuesday,” the AP reported. “Although the health department’s policy is to not publicly identify individual settings where people may have contracted the virus, Dart said those large gatherings ‘more than likely’ contributed to the spike.”

Trump’s rally was his first since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. Around 6,200 people showed up to the 19,000-seat BOK Center arena for the event.

A record high of 858 cases were reported on Tuesday according to the Oklahoma State Department of Health, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 17,893. The actual number of cases could be much higher since many people have yet to be tested.

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