BREAKING NEWS: Two of Donald Trump’s campaign staff who were at disastrous Tulsa rally test positive for coronavirus – but officials say they were ‘wearing masks’
Two additional Trump campaign staffers tested positive for COVID-19 Monday bringing the total up to eight staffers who traveled to Tulsa for the president’s Saturday rally and have the coronavirus.
‘After another round of testing for campaign staff in Tulsa, two additional members of the advance team tested positive for the coronavirus,’ Communications Director Tim Murtaugh told DailyMail.com. ‘These staff members attended the rally but were wearing masks during the entire event.’
Upon receiving the news of more positive tests ‘the campaign immediately activated established quarantine and contact tracing protocols,’ Murtaugh added.
President Trump held his first campaign rally in months in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Saturday night and now eight advance staffers in total have tested positive for COVID-19
The president hasn’t held rallies since early March because of coronvirus lockdowns
The fresh cases of coronavirus were first reported by MSNBC.
The network reported that the campaign staff was being tested after the rally as a precaution before flying home.
The number of infected staff is expected to rise, sources told MSNBC.
On Saturday, NBC News reported that six members of Trump’s campaign advance team had tested positive for the virus.
Murtaugh told the network then that ‘per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events.’
Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented,’ he said.
‘No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials,’ Murtaugh said.
Saturday’s rally was supposed to symbolize the restart of the president’s 2020 campaign.