6 Trump Staffers Test Positive at Tulsa Rally

Officials say they expect 100K people to show up
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2020 12:49 PM CDT
Updated Jun 20, 2020 1:00 PM CDT
They're Lining Up in Tulsa
Safety barricade gates are opened for supporters to enter for President Donald Trump's campaign rally Saturday, June 20, 2020 in Tulsa, Okla.   (Mike Simons/Tulsa World via AP)

President Trump's campaign says six staff members helping set up for his Saturday night rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have tested positive for coronavirus, the AP reports. The campaign's communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said in a statement that "quarantine procedures" were immediately initiated and no staff member who tested positive would attend the event. He said no one who had immediate contact with those staffers would attend, either. Murtaugh said campaign staff members are tested for COVID-19 as part of the campaign's safety protocols. Campaign officials say everyone who is attending the rally will be given temperature checks before they pass through security. They will also be given masks to wear, if they want, and hand sanitizer at the 19,000-seat BOK Center.

The rally is expected to be the biggest indoor event the country has seen since restrictions to prevent the coronavirus from spreading began in March. Supporters of President Trump were lining up Saturday outside metal barriers surrounding the Tulsa stadium where the president will hold his first rally in months, ready to welcome him back to the campaign trail despite warnings from health officials about the coronavirus, the AP reports. The crowd—including some who have have camped near the venue since early in the week—were hoping to be among the first inside the BOK Center. Officials said they expected some 100,000 people in Tulsa's downtown.

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