Director of the Tulsa, Oklahoma City-County Health Dept. Bruce Dart declared that President Donald Trump’s upcoming rally could be an imminent threat to public safety. In his interview with Tulsa World, Dart said he wishes a campaign rally for President Donald Trump at the BOK Center on June 20th would be moved to a later date.
“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,” Health Department director Dart told. “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.”
Dart claimed, “COVID is here in Tulsa, it is transmitting very efficiently. I wish we could postpone this to a time when the virus isn’t as large a concern as it is today.”
Tulsa World reports:
Dart said several highly attended private events and “quarantine fatigue” have led to back-to-back record high numbers of new Tulsa County cases reported Friday and Saturday. Dart said he acknowledges the desire to go back to life before the virus, but it remains a threat for large groups or those not heeding warnings.
He announced, “,,,it’s broad community spread from being out in the community and not taking those necessary precautions we’ve been talking about.” And expressed, “People are not staying home now, they’re out and about. I completely understand that, staying closed just wasn’t feasible economically and from an emotional, physical perspective.”
Plus he added, “So if we’re going to be out, we shouldn’t be in enclosed spaces and we shouldn’t have extended contact with other people because that’s where the risk lies.” Then argued, “A large indoor rally with 19-20,000 people is a huge risk factor today in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I want to make sure we can keep everyone in that building safe, including the president.”
Trump has faced stiff opposition in his plan to get back on the campaign trail. The president in desperate need of a rally.