President Trump's campaign team has confirmed that six members of the campaign staff tested positive for COVID-19 during tests Saturday morning ahead of the President's rally in Tulsa.
“Per safety protocols, campaign staff are tested for COVID-19 before events. Six members of the advance team tested positive out of hundreds of tests performed, and quarantine procedures were immediately implemented. No COVID-positive staffers or anyone in immediate contact will be at today’s rally or near attendees and elected officials. As previously announced, all rally attendees are given temperature checks before going through security, at which point they are given wristbands, face masks and hand sanitizer," said Campaign Communications Director Tim Murtaugh.
Many people have expressed concerns of a possible surge in COVID-19 cases following the rally but most rally goers said they're not worried. President Trump said he's asked his administration to slow down testing for the virus. The president continued by saying that testing too quickly leads to too many positive cases.
“Here’s the bad part. When you do testing to that extent, you’re going to find more cases,” he said. “So I said to my people, ‘Slow the testing down.’ They test and they test.”
Rising case numbers in part, can be explained by an extended availability of testing. Mild cases, previously undetected, are now showing up in the daily numbers.