Trump heads to rallies in Michigan and Wisconsin as states break coronavirus case records

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Michigan officials reported that Friday saw the state’s highest number of coronavirus cases on record, surpassing at least 2015 infections.

Yesterday’s tally of cases marked the second day in a row that Michigan has seen more than 2,000 confirmed cases.

In Wisconsin, cases reached a record high in one day of 4,041 confirmed cases, according to the state department of health services. The state has had three consecutive days with at least 3,000 cases.

The spike in new infections follows a growing number of cases across the United States, entering its eight-month public health crisis that has seen at least 8 million known cases and more than 217,000 deaths.

Friday’s infections represent the biggest one-day peak since July. Nearly 70,000 cases were confirmed on October 17.

Mr. Trump is holding back-to-back election rallies across the state and neighboring Wisconsin on Saturday.

“We are very concerned about the recent increase in the number of cases and deaths of Covid-19 and we will continue to work to identify policies to protect people and slow the spread of Covid-19,” said Lynn Sutfin , spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, in a statement. statement Saturday.

“It is imperative that everyone take this very seriously and wear a mask, wash their hands and maintain physical distance,” she said.

State health officials are urging the president to cancel the event, scheduled for 8 p.m. EST in Muskegon.

Michigan Gov. Tony Evers said this week that the president’s return “encourages a super-spreader event.”

In a virtual press conference on Friday, doctors Rob Davidson and Susan Fabrick warned that campaign events threatened public health.

“Instead of coming to Muskegon to continue spreading disinformation and bringing people together with the increase in Covid-19 cases, President Trump should cancel his campaign event and focus on fighting the pandemic with the science and evidence, ”said Dr. Davidson, executive director of the Medicare Protection Committee.

The president’s rallies are expected to draw thousands of people, many of whom will not wear face coverings, if other campaign rallies are any indication.

Several outbreaks have been linked to recent campaign events in Minnesota, although it is not known how many cases may be linked to rallies.

The Wisconsin event is scheduled to take place at 6 p.m. EST at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport near Janesville, and attendees must take shuttles to the event.

According to the campaign, “participants will be given a temperature control, masks they will have to wear and will have access to hand sanitizer.”

With less than three weeks of election day, the president resumed his campaign in person, often hosting multiple events per day. He will organize two rallies in Nevada on Sunday.

The president has held rallies almost every day since his hospitalization with the illness.

He received several experimental intravenous therapies, among other medications, during his stay at Walter Reed Medical Center earlier this month, as more than a dozen people around him tested positive for the disease.

The president has canceled his rallies in Michigan scheduled for this weekend.

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