MN Health Officials Offer Virus Test Advice After Trump Rally

DULUTH, MN — The Minnesota Department of Health says there is a potential risk that the coronavirus was spread at a Duluth rally and other events associated with President Donald Trump’s visit to the state Wednesday.

The president, first lady Melania Trump and White House adviser Hope Hicks have all tested positive for coronavirus since the rally.

“Community transmission of COVID-19 was high in St. Louis County prior to this week’s rally, and people attending the rally may have been infectious without realizing it,” MDH said Friday.

“We know many who attended events may have questions about what to do next.”

Health officials have provided the following guidance for people who attended Trump events this week in Minnesota:

— Anyone who attended events associated with the President’s visit and who now has symptoms should get tested right away. People should consider getting tested even if they do not have symptoms because some people may not develop or recognize symptoms and people can spread the virus even without displaying symptoms. People should get tested five to seven days after the event. If they test negative, they should get tested again around 12 days after the event. People should get tested in their home communities and seek testing from their health care provider when possible.

— Anyone who was a direct contact of President Trump or known COVID-19 cases needs to quarantine and should get tested. It is important to understand that quarantine for 14 days is necessary regardless of test results.

— Anyone who attended any large group gathering, especially one with limited social distancing and/or masking, should be alert to potential symptoms of COVID-19 infection, and limit social interactions for 14 days. This is true even if they feel no symptoms of illness.

Residents in the Duluth area should know that any Minnesotan can be tested at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center. Find out where to get tested for COVID-19 elsewhere in the state on the MDH website.

Minnesota Republicans take precautions after Duluth rally

Republican Senate candidate Jason Lewis said he is “feeling fine and displaying no symptoms” after interacting with Trump in Duluth on Wednesday.

Read more: Jason Lewis Quarantines, Other MN Republicans Test For COVID

This article originally appeared on the Across Minnesota Patch

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