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  • President Trump’s upcoming rally in the city of Tulsa will be his first since the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. prompted the shutdown of large gatherings to try to mitigate the spread of the virus.
  • In Tulsa County, home to the city of Tulsa, 71 new confirmed cases were reported as of Friday, the largest single-day increase in the county that now has a total of 1,443 cases.
  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned Friday that large gatherings in confined places pose the highest risk for spreading the coronavirus.

Oklahoma experienced its largest single-day increase of coronavirus cases as President Trump is scheduled to hold his first post-lockdown rally in Tulsa on June 19. 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health announced Friday that 222 new positive cases were confirmed over 24 hours, bringing the state’s total number of cases to 7,848. There were two new coronavirus-related deaths reported, bringing the total deaths in the state to 359. 


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In Tulsa County, home to the city of Tulsa, 71 new confirmed cases were reported on Friday, the largest single-day increase in the county that now has 1,443 cases. 


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The news out of Oklahoma was announced as at least 20 states have seen increases of COVID-19 cases this week. Some have also recorded rises in hospitalizations, prompting some cities and states to delay reopening plans. The increase in cases has caused some concern among public health officials who worry people are not adhering to measures meant to curb the virus's spread. 

Trump’s upcoming rally in the city of Tulsa will be his first since the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. prompted the shutdown of large gatherings to try to mitigate the spread of the virus, and comes as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned on Friday that large gatherings in confined places pose the highest risk for spreading the coronavirus.

The risk of coronavirus has prompted the Trump campaign to require attendees of the Tulsa rally to agree not to sue the campaign if they become infected with COVID-19. 

“By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury," the disclaimer from the Trump campaign reads.

The U.S. this week surpassed more than 2 million cases with more than 114,000 deaths. Worldwide, more than 7.5 million cases have been reported.


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Published on Jun 12, 2020