The Minnesota Department of Health said that 23 cases of coronavirus have been linked back to campaign events in the state for President Trump, a report said Monday.
The department said that the infections were traced to events in Bemidji, Minneapolis and Duluth, according to Axios.
At least 16 cases, which include two patients who are currently hospitalized, were traced to a Sept. 18 campaign rally in Bemidji featuring President Trump, a spokesperson for the health department told the outlet.
“There’s a lot of people,” Trump said as he took the stage in Bemidji. “That’s a big group of people, this is on fast notice too. Thank you.”
Three cases were tied to a “Cops for Trump” event attended by Vice President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump on Sept. 24 in Minneapolis. The four additional cases were traced to a Trump rally in Duluth on Sept. 30.
In addition, four coronavirus cases were linked to a Trump counter-protest in Bemidji on Sept. 18 and one case has been linked to Joe Biden campaign stop in Duluth on Sept. 18.
A spokesperson for the Trump campaign said that they take “strong precautions for our campaign events, requiring every attendee to have their temperature checked, be provided a mask they’re instructed to wear, and ensuring access to plenty of hand sanitizer.”
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