Donald Trump will hold a rally in Wisconsin on Saturday night, although public health officials have declared a crisis over the coronavirus pandemic and their own experts warn that public gatherings there risk causing “preventable deaths.”
Cases are on the rise in Wisconsin, as well as in the American heart. On Friday, according to Johns Hopkins University, the United States submitted 8 million confirmed cases. The death toll is close to 220,000. Both figures are the highest in the world.
Earlier this week, a Trump White House task force issued a warning to Wisconsin, which is considered a “red zone” for high rates of infection, saying people should avoid crowds if they want to, do not want to cause “deaths.” which can be prevented ‘.
The warning is included in a weekly report issued to governors but not published. This was announced by the Center for Public Integrity (CPI), a non-profit investigative organization in Washington.
The report called on people in Wisconsin to be diligent about “wearing masks, physical distancing, hand hygiene, avoiding crowds of public and public gatherings in private.”
“Wisconsin’s ability to limit … hospitalizations and deaths will depend on increased monitoring of measures to alleviate social exclusion from the community until cases decrease,” it said, adding that “non-compliance with these measures will lead to preventable death cases”.
Trump’s rally will be held in the open air, at the airport in Janesville. Attendees will be instructed to wear masks, but such instructions have not been applied to other rallies where no social distancing is observed.
Trump’s election website urges attendees to release the campaign from any responsibility if they become ill, and says that “by registering for this event, you understand and explicitly acknowledge that there is an inherent risk of exposure to Covid-19 in any public place.” people. “
Registrants must voluntarily “bear all risks” associated with coronavirus capture.
“This shows that they know the reality, because if they don’t worry about it, they won’t worry,” William Hanaj, a Harvard epidemiologist, told the CPI. He said the virus could spread amid the rally crowd, even in the open air, and at all kinds of indoor celebrations.
“Given the current incidence of the disease in Wisconsin, we can say quite emphatically that this will allow transmission,” Hanaj said.
Janesville is in Rock County, which earlier this week reported its highest levels so far for coronavirus infections, hospitalizations and positive tests, according to local media.
There are nearly 1,000 cases in the county, and 143 new positive results were reported on Monday, at most in one day, according to state health data. Of the reported test results, a new high of 83% is positive.
Trump is planning to gather in Janesville for the first time 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 the coronavirus.
Rock County Governor Kara Parvians asked Trump not to hold the event in Janesville, saying, “It is irresponsible for the president to hold a rally that will put Rock County citizens at risk of contracting and spreading the virus.”
Rock County Administrator Josh Smith told the Janesville newspaper that the county is now taking a different approach because it does not think the president’s request not to visit “will lead to any different results.”
“Based on our previous conversations with the campaign and the information we have published, we believe that everyone is aware of our concerns about mass gatherings and the need to comply with public health guidelines. At this point, we encourage everyone present to wear a mask, stay physically distant, and rehabilitate. “
With more than 1,000 patients with Covid-19 at a Wisconsin hospital, the state opened an overflow facility this week, the Wisconsin State Journal reported.
“We’re in a crisis here in Wisconsin, so we’re ready to see patients when the need arises,” said Julie Williams Van Dyck, deputy secretary of state health. “The trajectory doesn’t look good. We must be prepared for this. “