Donald Trump is holding a meeting in Wisconsin on Saturday night, despite state health officials declaring a crisis over the coronavirus pandemic and his own experts warn that public gatherings are at risk of causing “preventable deaths”.
Cases are rising in Wisconsin as they are over the American heart. On Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the United States passed 8 million. Confirmed cases. The death toll is close to 220,000. Both figures are the highest in the world.
The Trump rally is scheduled for Janesville, a small town in the southern part of the crucial swing state, where Trump follows Joe Biden by about eight points on average for polls. The president had been due to campaign there on October 3 before contracting coronavirus and being flown to hospital.
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The warning was included in a weekly report issued to governors but not published. It was reported by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a non-profit investigation in Washington.
The report urged people in Wisconsin to be diligent about “mask wearing, physical distance, hand hygiene, avoiding crowds in public and social gatherings in private.”
“Wisconsin’s ability to curb … hospitalizations and deaths will depend on increased observation of society’s remedial mitigation measures until cases fall,” it said, adding that “non-compliance with these measures will lead to preventable deaths.”
Trump’s demonstration is being held outdoors at Janesville Airport. Participants will be asked to wear masks, but such instructions have not been enforced at other gatherings where social distance has not been observed.
Trump’s election website demands that participants release the campaign from any liability if they become ill, saying that “by registering for this event, you understand and expressly acknowledge that there is an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 in any public place, where people are present “.
Those who sign up must voluntarily “assume all risks” in connection with the capture of coronavirus.
“It indicates that they know the reality, because if they were not worried about it, they would not bother,” William Hanage, a Harvard epidemiologist, told CPI. He said the virus could spread among the crowds at the demonstration, even outdoors and at any indoor party.
“Given the number of diseases currently in Wisconsin, we can say pretty categorically that this will allow for transmission,” Hanage said.
Janesville is in Rock County, which earlier this week reported its highest level yet for coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and positive tests, according to local media.
The county has nearly 1,000 cases, and 143 new positive reports were reported Monday, most in a single day, according to state health data. Of the reported test results, a new height of 83% was positive.
Trump first planned to gather in Janesville after officials in La Crosse, on the border with Minnesota, urged him not to hold an event there because the city was a “red zone” of coronavirus.
Rock County board chair Kara Purviance asked Trump not to hold the event in Janesville either, saying: “It is irresponsible of the president to hold a meeting that will put Rock County citizens at risk of collapsing and spreading the virus. “
Rock County Administrator Josh Smith told the Janesville Gazette that the county was now taking a different approach because he did not think asking the president not to visit would “result in different results.”
“Based on our previous conversations with the campaign and the information we send out, we believe that everyone is aware of the concerns we have about mass gatherings and the need to comply with public health guidelines. At this time, we encourage all participants to wear a mask, remain physically removed and disinfect. ”
With more than 1,000 Covid-19 patients hospitalized in Wisconsin, the state opened an overflow facility this week, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
“We are in crisis here in Wisconsin, and so we are ready to accept patients when the need arises,” said Julie Willems Van Dijk, deputy secretary general of the state health department. “The track does not look good. We must be prepared for that. ”