9 Trump supporters with COVID-19 attended Minnesota rally

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Minnesota health officials said nine people diagnosed with COVID-19 attended a campaign rally in the state for President Trump.The September 18 rally, held at an airport in Bemidji, northern Minnesota, was packed with supporters, few of whom wore masks.

Two of the nine were hospitalized, including one in intensive care, according to Minnesota Public Radio.

The nine are part of a coronavirus outbreak in rural areas of the state, which reported 1,401 new confirmed cases and 14 deaths on Friday, ending a week that saw more than 1,000 new cases every day. Active cases remain at an all time high and hospitalization rates are on the rise, the Minneapolis Star-Tribute reported. Neighboring states of Wisconsin and North Dakota are also experiencing increasing outbreaks.

The president held a second Minnesota rally in Duluth on September 30, the day after his debate with Democratic candidate Joe Biden. No cases have been linked to that rally, but that night, on the way back to Washington, Trump aide Hope Hicks fell ill, the first sign of a White House outbreak that infected the president and sent him to the hospital last weekend.

The Trump campaign has dismissed critics who called Minnesota’s maskless rallies dangerous.

“To link these cases to an outdoor event that happened three weeks ago, where hand sanitizer and face masks were provided, is a bit of a stretch,” the spokesperson said. the Tim Murtaugh campaign at The Hill. “We wish them all a speedy recovery.”

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