Minnesota well being officers say 9 individuals recognized with COVID-19 attended a marketing campaign rally within the state for President Trump.
The Sept. 18 rally, held at an airport in Bemidji, in northern Minnesota, was packed with supporters, few of whom wore masks.
Two of the 9 have been hospitalized, together with one in intensive care, in keeping with Minnesota Public Radio.
The 9 are a part of a surge of coronavirus in rural areas of the state, which reported 1,401 newly confirmed circumstances and 14 deaths Friday, ending every week that noticed greater than 1,000 new circumstances every day. Energetic circumstances stay at a file excessive and hospitalization charges are trending greater, The Minneapolis Star-Tribute reported. Neighboring states Wisconsin and North Dakota are additionally experiencing rising outbreaks.
The president held a second Minnesota rally in Duluth on Sept. 30, the day after his debate with Democratic nominee Joe Biden. No circumstances have been linked to that rally, however that evening, on the best way again to Washington, Trump aide Hope Hicks fell ill, the primary signal of an outbreak on the White Home that contaminated the president and despatched him to the hospital final weekend.
The Trump marketing campaign dismissed critics who known as the maskless Minnesota rallies as harmful.
“Tying these circumstances to an outside occasion that occurred three weeks in the past, the place hand sanitizer and face masks had been equipped, is a stretch,” marketing campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh told The Hill. “We want all of them speedy recoveries.”