New COVID Surge In Tulsa Linked to Trump Rally
To the surprise of probably only Mike Pence, coronavirus cases in Tulsa, Oklahoma, have increased dramatically since the June 20th indoor Trump rally held there. Doctors in Tulsa have been inundated with new cases, with one hospital reporting 500 new patients in a two-day period.
Most attendees at the Tulsa rally refused to wear a mask, including prominent members of the GOP like Jim Jordan, who then flew back to DC and sat maskless next to Rep. Jerry Nadler (whose wife is very ill and extra susceptible to COVID19 carriers). Even with the rally’s remarkably low attendance, thousands of people still stood inside together for hours at a time, and doctors expect more cases now that the usual incubation period has passed.
Masks also weren’t required at Trump’s Mount Rushmore rally, and although that was an outdoor event, experts worry about another spike in the coming weeks as a result.
There are currently no plans to reschedule Trump’s upcoming outdoor rally in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, a state he lost in 2016. There is also another effort similar to Tulsa, where K-pop stans and Tik Tok teens led an internet wave of fans to reserve tickets, leaving Trump to face a mostly empty arena.