People attending President Donald Trumpâ€™s indoor campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Saturday should self-isolate for two weeks following the event, the cityâ€™s top health official has urged.
Bruce Dart, executive director of the Tulsa Health Department, told CNNâ€™s Don Lemon on Friday that attendees should also get tested for the coronavirus at least a week after attending the event at the 19,000-capacity BOK Center.
â€œWe do know that thereâ€™s going to be people, probably, who are incubating or infected at this event,â€ said Dart.
He warned elsewhere in the interview that, with confirmed coronavirus case numbers now rising in the state, â€œweâ€™re coming up on a perfect storm of disease transmission and frankly, itâ€™s a perfect storm that Tulsa canâ€™t afford.â€
Dart also broadly agreed with a CNN model that suggested some 800 to 1,000 people could become infected as a direct result of the rally.
â€œWeâ€™re not only afraid for Tulsans and Oklahomans, weâ€™re afraid for anyone outside the state who attends this rally,â€ he said.
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Dart on Wednesday urged the Trump campaign to postpone the rally.
â€œI know so many people are over COVID, but COVID is not over,â€ he warned, asking people to at the very least to wear masks and socially distance in a bid to slow the spread of the contagion.
Trump himself, however, has reportedly said he wonâ€™t wear a mask during the rally because â€œI donâ€™t feel that Iâ€™m in danger,â€ per Axios.
People attending the rally have been told, via a waiver on the Trump campaignâ€™s website, that they canâ€™t sue if they become infected there.
The campaign said it would check peopleâ€™s temperatures on their entrance to the venue and hand out face masks and hand sanitizer.
Wearing the mask is optional, however.
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