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Arizona attorney general warns church against claiming it can purify coronavirus from air

Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich (R) on Friday sent cease and desist letters to Glendale-based Clean Air EXP and Phoenix-based Dream City Church, demanding that they stop claiming that Clean Air EXP's air filtration systems can purify air of 99 percent of the virus that causes COVID-19.

“Businesses cannot mislead consumers with their advertising, especially when it comes to health issues as serious as COVID-19,” Brnovich said in a statement. “We will not tolerate companies or individuals attempting to deceive or exploit the public during this public health crisis.”

In his letter to Clean Air EXP, Brnovich said that his office was "aware of no scientific research or public health authority that has certified any kind of air treatment product as a means of universally preventing COVID-19 infections at all or at any distance."

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To the megachurch – where President TrumpDonald John TrumpObama slams Trump in Miami: 'Florida Man wouldn't even do this stuff' Trump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Pence's chief of staff tests positive for COVID-19 MORE held a campaign rally earlier this week – the state attorney general noted that its "public representations" of Clean Air EXP's air systems are backed by "no scientific evidence."

The church has said that the company's air filtration system “kills 99 percent of COVID within 10 minutes” and that “when you come into [the church’s] auditorium, 99 percent of COVID is gone.”

During Trump's rally at the church on Tuesday, very few people in the crowd of about 3,000 were seen wearing masks. The president told the crowd that Democrats were attempting to keep the country “shut down” during the pandemic in order to further hamstring the economy.

“They are trying to do their best to keep the country shut down and closed because they’d love those numbers not to be good,” Trump said. "We are going to be stronger than ever before, and it’s going to be soon."

The same day, Arizona set a record with over almost 3,600 new cases of the virus. Despite the surge in COVID-19 numbers, Gov. Doug DuceyDoug DuceyThis election, Americans will once again show their support for marijuana legalization Whatever happened to Deborah Birx? Arizona, Virginia observe Indigenous Peoples Day for first time MORE (R) has not required that masks be worn by Arizonans when they are out in public, but he did give the green light for local governments to do so as they see fit.

Both Dream City Church and Clean Air EXP have until Monday to comply to Brnovich's letters.