The Minnesota Department of Health urged residents on Friday to get tested for the coronavirus if they attended any of President Donald Trump’s recent campaign rallies in the state.
“There is a potential risk that transmission occurred at the Duluth rally and other events associated with President Trump’s visit,” the department’s update said. “Anyone who attended events associated with the President’s visit and who now has symptoms should get tested right away.”
Community transmission of the novel virus was high in St. Louis County before Trump’s visit, “and people attending the rally may have been infectious without realizing it,” the health department said.
The department also recommends that residents should get tested even if they are not experiencing any symptoms, “because some people may not develop or recognize symptoms and people can spread the virus even without displaying symptoms.”
The update also says anyone who was in contact with Trump should get tested and go into quarantine for at least 14 days, regardless of the test results.
Minnesota has reported over 101,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus and at least 2,059 deaths from its respiratory disease, COVID-19, according to the health department.
The update came shortly after Trump announced early Friday morning that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus.
Speaking to reporters on Friday, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Trump has been experiencing “mild” symptoms and noted that he expects more members of the White House to receive positive tests.
Two of Trump’s children, Ivanka and Barron, have tested negative for the virus. Ivanka’s husband, White House adviser Jared Kushner, has also tested negative.
It is unclear how Trump contracted the virus, but he received his positive test shortly after one of his aides, Hope Hicks, tested positive.
Just a day before Trump’s announcement, he held a campaign rally in Duluth, Minnesota, where he was seen on video throwing “Make America Great Again” hats into the crowd of supporters. Speaking to the crowd, he said, “That’s OK. I love it. I love you to have whatever we have, we have it together. That I can tell you.”
‘Whatever we have, we have it together’: Trump throws hats to fans day before coronavirus test pic.twitter.com/nh40IC6Syh
— The Independent (@Independent) October 2, 2020
Newsweek was directed to the update after reaching out to the Minnesota Health Department for comment.
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