More than two dozen cases of the coronavirus have been attributed to the events of the Minnesota campaign for President Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden, state officials said this week.
Sixteen cases were linked to an open-air Trump event at a Bemidji airport on September 18; three cases at a Trump event in Duluth on September 30; and three cases at a Trump 2020 event featuring Vice President Mike Pence in Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport on September 24, The Hill reported.
During the Bemidji event, four of the cases were reported by protesters, according to the report.
At least one person infected with the virus attended the events at Duluth Airport and Twin Cities, National Infectious Disease Director Kris Ehresmann told the outlet.
According to The Hill.
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On September 15, Minnesota Governor Tim Walz, a Democrat, wrote to both campaigns, urging them to adhere to state guidelines for wearing masks and maintaining social distancing, the St.
Minnesota health officials said President Trump was likely already infected with the virus when he attended the Duluth event on September 30, as he confirmed his own case of the virus two days later. Those who contract the virus are usually infectious for several days before symptoms start to appear, officials told reporters.
Separately, two campaign staff for Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer of Minnesota were in quarantine this week after testing positive for the virus. Emmer himself was reportedly tested negative while traveling on Air Force One with President Trump when the president was considered contagious.
Emmer was one of three members of Congress from Minnesota who flew on a Delta Airlines commercial passenger flight on October 2 despite the airline’s rules against passengers who were exposed to COVID-19.
The other members of Congress were U.S. Representatives Pete Stauber and Jim Hagedorn, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
Minnesota reported 1,537 new confirmed cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday, the state’s highest single-day figure since the pandemic began, according to the New York Times.