At least 206 people attended Trump’s fundraiser just before COVID-19 positive test, N.J. health officials say


At least 206 people attended the fundraiser for President Donald Trump at his New Jersey golf course Thursday night, hours before the president announce he tested positive for the coronavirus, state Department of Health officials said Sunday.

The White House supplied the names of the attendees, health officials said in a tweet. Contact tracers are in the process of reaching out to those who attended, and asking those who had close contact with the president or his staff to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Trump tested positive for the virus on Thursday night, shortly after attending a fundraiser at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster. He is currently hospitalized at Walter Reed Medical Center outside of Washington, D.C.

The president has faced criticism for attending the after having had close contact with top aid Hope Hicks, who tested positive for the virus the day before.

White House Communications Director Alyssa Farah told reporters at the White House on Sunday that Trump “wasn’t deemed to pose a threat.”

Several attendees of the New Jersey fundraiser said they were not concerned about contracting the coronavirus, saying that the event was outside and most did not come into close contact with the president.

Golf club staffers will be interviewed by the Somerset County Department of Health to determine if they had close contact with the president, state officials said. It’s not clear how many employees had close contact with the presidetn.

Most employees lives within Somerset County, state health officials said.

Those who attended the event should wait at least 5-7 days before getting tested for the coronavirus test, as its possible to get a false negative in the early days of infection, the state said.

A number of others in Trump’s inner circle have tested positive for the virus since Trump’s own diagnosis, including former Gov. Chris Christie, counselor Kellyanne Conway, and campaign manager Bill Stepien, all three of whom are from New Jersey.

Christie is currently hospitalized at Morristown Medical Center.

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