Despite the low attendance numbers of Trump’s Tulsa rally in June, it seems that coronavirus cases are higher than ever. Just over 2 weeks ago, President Trump insisted on having an indoor political rally where social distancing was virtually impossible and masks were rare. We are just now seeing the effects of this gathering.
Because COVID-19 has a relatively long incubation period, it could take anywhere from a few days to 2 weeks for symptoms to become obvious. This most likely explains why we are just now seeing a rise in cases in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In a press conference on Wednesday, the Director of the Tulsa Health Department explained that high case numbers are being reported in the city this week. They have had about 500 new cases in the span of two days. Data shows that these numbers are only going to increase.
Previously the city boasted a decline in cases from June 28 through July 4. Dr. Bruce Dart, the Director of the Tulsa Health Department, believes that this rise in cases could possibly be attributed to multiple events over the past weeks.
As a defense for loose health precautions, many Trump supporters point to the Black Lives Matter protests that did not lead to a rise in coronavirus cases. Tim Murtaugh told CNN that there were sufficient preventative measures taken during the rallies saying that “all attendees had their temperature checked, everyone was provided a mask, and there was plenty of hand sanitizers available for all.”
Tulsa, as of now, plans to issue an order that mandates that gatherings over 500 people must receive guidance from the health department to evaluate safety plans. The executive order says that health officers will work on a case-by-case basis depending on the event.
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