Due To Coronavirus Warnings, Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders Both Cancel Events In Cleveland Tuesday Night
On Tuesday, several nominating contests for the Democratic presidential nomination are up for grabs, but there’s no rest for the candidates, who are planning to campaign for next week’s nominating contest right as results from this week’s votes are coming in.
At least, they were planning to campaign in one area, until worries over coronavirus prevented them from doing so.
Both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders made announcements on Tuesday afternoon detailing how they were canceling evening events, both slated to take place in Cleveland, Ohio.
“We are heeding the public warnings from Ohio state officials, who have communicated concern about holding large, indoor events during the coronavirus outbreak,” Sanders communications director Mike Casca said, according to BuzzFeed News.
The Sanders campaign said future campaign events would “be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.” Biden’s campaign said it would “continue to consult with public health officials” on future campaign rallies as well.
There are 136 delegates up for grabs in Ohio’s primary contest next week, and 577 in total for the states holding elections on the same day. Getting in as many hours of campaign time in as many states as possible is important for both candidates.
But after three cases of coronavirus were confirmed in the state — with 12 more test results being waited on — Gov. Mike DeWine expressed his desire to limit large-scale events as much as possible, in an effort to reduce the chances of spreading the disease further.
— Governor Mike DeWine (@GovMikeDeWine) March 10, 2020
“Through the limiting of large events, our goal is to dramatically slow down the spread of #COVID19 and save lives,” DeWine said in a tweet on Tuesday. “Now is the time to take action.”
As of Tuesday afternoon, 955 people in the United States have been diagnosed with coronavirus. Twenty-nine patients have died from the disease so far, the New York Times has reported.
Each of the four states that have primaries slated for next Tuesday has a number of coronavirus cases identified within its borders.