Dr. Bruce Dart, director of Tulsa City-County Health Department expressed his wish for President Trump to postpone his campaign rally. This is due to the rise of local COVID-19 cases.
In an interview with the Tulsa World, Dart said that there’s a “significant increase” in the case trends of Tulsa, thus a large gathering can be detrimental to everyone who will be attending the rally.
He added in the interview, “I think it’s an honor for Tulsa to have a sitting president want to come and visit our community, but not during a pandemic. I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the President stays safe as well.”
As of Sunday, Tulsa reported 1,564 cases or 19% of Oklahoma’s overall cases.
The spike, according to Dart may have stem from different factors, and not just on the increased testing. He added that, “quarantine fatigue” might have been a factor, as for the past few weeks there have been a lot of private events attended by large numbers of people.
According to Dart, people shouldn’t be in enclosed spaces with extended amounts of contact with other people, as it is far too dangerous.
“A large indoor rally with 19-20,000 people is a huge factor today in Tulsa, Oklahoma,” said Dart in the interview, “I want to make sure we can keep everyone in that building safe, including the President.”
UPDATE: The rally has taken place despite Health Department’s advice. Click here to read more.