- At the least 11 folks concerned in setup and organizing for final week’s presidential debate have examined constructive for the coronavirus, based on an announcement from Cleveland officers.
- The announcement specifies that the constructive exams didn’t come from individuals who truly participated in or attended the talk.
- Neither President Donald Trump nor former Vice President Joe Biden wore a masks throughout Tuesday’s debate however have been social distancing on stage.
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At the least 11 constructive coronavirus circumstances have been traced again to folks concerned in setup and organizing for final week’s debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden, based on Cleveland officers.
“The Metropolis of Cleveland is conscious of constructive circumstances of COVID-19 following the Sept. 29 presidential debate. In whole, right now, we’re conscious of 11 circumstances stemming from pre-debate planning and set-up, with nearly all of circumstances occurring amongst out of state residents,” a statement from Cleveland Metropolis Corridor reads.
“Presently, although that might change, no Metropolis residents seem to have contracted the virus because of this occasion.”
The announcement got here days after Trump revealed early Friday that he and first girl Melania Trump had contracted the coronavirus. Trump has since been transferred to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, simply exterior Washington, D.C.
Each Biden and his spouse have tested negative following Trump’s analysis.
For practically two hours Tuesday, the 2 males confronted off on stage with out masks. Their podiums have been positioned at a sizeable distance all through the televised occasion. Whereas some members of the viewers wore masks, Trump’s members of the family have been seen without face coverings while sitting in the front row.
The Cleveland announcement specifies that the constructive exams have been traced again to individuals who have been concerned solely within the group of the talk days previous to the occasion.
“The 11 individuals who examined constructive by no means accessed the talk corridor,” NBC News reported, citing the Cleveland Clinic, the well being safety adviser for the Fee on Presidential Debates.
“These people have been both members of the media or have been scheduled to work logistics/set-up within the days previous to the occasion,” based on a Clinic assertion from Friday night time. “People didn’t obtain credentials or tickets to enter the talk corridor till they’d a destructive take a look at, and all have been suggested to isolate whereas they awaited their take a look at outcomes.”
The 11 people who examined constructive have been largely out-of-state residents, based on the Metropolis Corridor launch. Metropolis well being officers have reached out to them and issued orders of isolation.
The coronavirus has contaminated greater than 7.3 million folks nationwide, based on the most recent information compiled by Johns Hopkins College. Of that determine, greater than 208,000 folks have died.