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Nine people who attended Trump rally in Minnesota contracted coronavirus

Nine people who attended a campaign rally for President TrumpDonald John TrumpBiden campaign raises over M on day of VP debate Trump chastises Whitmer for calling him ‘complicit’ in extremism associated with kidnapping scheme Trump says he hopes to hold rally Saturday despite recent COVID-19 diagnosis MORE in Bemidji, Minn., last month have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Health officials confirmed to MPR News that of the nine who contracted COVID-19, two have been hospitalized, one of whom required intensive care.

It is not immediately clear that the people contracted the virus at the rally. 

The Minnesota Department of Health did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.

The news is just the latest in a string of negative developments for the White House; as Trump himself was treated over the weekend after his own coronavirus diagnosis, a burgeoning number of White House staffers, campaign aides and outside advisers also tested positive. 

Many of the individuals who have tested positive attended a Sept. 26 event at the White House where Trump announced the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court. The event was held outside, but many people in the crowded audience did not wear masks. 

“Well, I think the data speak for themselves. We had a superspreader event in the White House, and it was in a situation where people were crowded together and were not wearing masks,” Anthony FauciAnthony FauciThe Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by Facebook – Pence, Harris spar over COVID-19 during policy-focused debate Eric Trump claims his father ‘literally saved Christianity’ Overnight Health Care: Trump works from Oval Office after COVID-19 diagnosis | GOP frustrated by Trump’s messages on aid | Eli Lilly asks for emergency authorization of antibody treatment MORE, the government’s top infectious diseases expert, said Friday. 

Democrats tore into the Trump campaign over the Minnesota news, directly blaming the president for the infections.

“From the start of this pandemic, Donald Trump and Minnesota Republicans have ignored public health experts and put their re-elections ahead of the health of Minnesotans. It was only a matter of time until the dangerous, maskless campaign events staged by Donald Trump and Minnesota Republicans landed Minnesotans in the hospital,” Ken Martin, chairman of Minnesota’s Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party, said in a statement.

The news is unlikely to deter the campaign from continuing its events, with Trump set to hold a rally at the White House on Saturday and in Florida on Monday. 

“Tying these cases to an outdoor event that occurred three weeks ago, where hand sanitizer and face masks were supplied, is a stretch,” campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh told The Hill. “We wish them all speedy recoveries.”

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A ‘die-hard’ ‘SNL’ fan who attended the season premiere said it felt safe and ‘likened it to the first episode after 9/11’



a group of people posing for the camera: Courtney Malenius, left, and her neighbors attended the "SNL" season 46 premiere on Saturday. Courtney Malenius


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Courtney Malenius, left, and her neighbors attended the “SNL” season 46 premiere on Saturday. Courtney Malenius

  • Courtney Malenius, of Brooklyn, New York, and seven of her neighbors attended the season 46 premiere of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” last weekend.
  • The group had to self-administer rapid COVID-19 tests, remain separated in pods, and wear masks.
  • One public-health expert told Insider he would’ve attended the show given the safety precautions, while another said she wouldn’t feel comfortable being inside for that long, even with masks and pods.
  • Following coronavirus guidelines that say TV programs can have live audiences consisting of employees, cast, and crew only, Malenius and her friends each got $150 for attending the taping.
  • “I didn’t think we were being sneaky. Whether or not the show was, I don’t know,” Malenius said about the money.
  • Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Courtney Malenius and seven of her neighbors piled into a couple of Uber XLs on Saturday to take the half-hour drive from downtown Brooklyn to midtown Manhattan.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic that’s shut down much of New York since March, the eight Brooklyn, New York residents decided to try to establish a sense of normality by attending the season 46 premiere of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

Once the epicenter of the pandemic — where more than 23,800 residents have died from the virus — New York has taken a conservative approach to reopening businesses, even as the number of active cases in the city remains low. Broadway, for example, is still shuttered.

Malenius has been cautious too.

“There was just some trepidation about getting to the city,” the 38-year-old director of admissions at New York University’s film school and self-proclaimed “die-hard ‘SNL’ fan,” told Insider. “We decided that we would spend a little extra money and take a few Ubers together.”

Days before, Malenius had applied for tickets through a casting and fan-engagement agency called 1iota. The “SNL” webpage, which has since been taken down, had slots for groups of seven, eight, or nine people.

“First, I had to stop and think, ‘Well, who am I close with that would feel comfortable in a close environment setting?'” she said.

Malenius texted seven neighbors in her building — people she met through play dates for their dogs — to form an eight-person pod.

“We’d become even closer during quarantine because in the beginning we were doing our essential shopping trips together, sharing PPE, and other fun essential goods,” she added.

The admissions director received an email on Friday confirming they’d been chosen to attend the live taping inside Studio 8H, where former “SNL” cast member Chris Rock served as guest host and Megan Thee Stallion performed.

The email contained forms that the group had to sign, indicating that they didn’t knowingly have COVID-19, hadn’t been around anyone who tested positive, and didn’t have any tell-tale symptoms of the coronavirus.



a group of people posing for the camera: Courtney Malenius


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Courtney Malenius

The newly formed pod was required to self-administer a rapid COVID-19 test on

At least 8 people who attended Supreme Court nomination ceremony have tested positive for COVID-19

At least eight people who have tested positive for coronavirus were in attendance at the Supreme Court nomination ceremony at the White House last weekend. The number of people in President Trump’s circle who tested positive for the virus is growing, following news of the president and first lady’s positive diagnoses early Friday morning. 

On Saturday, September 26, Mr. Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on the Supreme Court. He held an outdoor ceremony at the Rose Garden, which was attended by about 200 people — many of whom were not wearing masks or following social distancing guidelines. There are also photos of some of the attendees inside the White House on Saturday.

President Trump Announces His Supreme Court Nominee To Replace Justice Ginsburg
President Trump announces Judge Amy Coney Barrett as his nominee to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House on September 26, 2020. Seven people in attendance have since tested positive for COVID-19.

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There is now growing concern that Mr. Trump contracted the virus at the ceremony, which could have possibly been a “super-spreader” event. Photos from the event show that chairs were not socially distanced, with many of the people who have tested positive sitting in close proximity. 

So far, at least eight people who attended that ceremony have tested positive for COVID-19: The president, first lady Melania Trump, former top aide Kellyanne Conway, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, Senators Mike Lee of Utah and Thom Tillis of North Carolina and a White House reporter, according to the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Barrett tested positive for the virus over the summer and has since recovered, The Washington Post reports. 

Christie, who did not wear a mask to the event, announced his diagnosis on Saturday, tweeting “I will be receiving medical attention today.” Conway, who also did not wear a mask, announced her diagnosis late Friday, calling her symptoms “mild,” including a “light cough.”  

Lee, who was seen at the event hugging and kissing attendees without a mask, tweeted Friday that he had “symptoms consistent with longtime allergies” and would spend 10 days in isolation. Tillis, who did wear a mask, tweeted that he experienced no symptoms and will also isolate for 10 days. 

Lee appears to have been seated directly behind Vice President Mike Pence and Tillis was seated directly behind U.S. Attorney General William Barr. Both Pence and Barr announced that they tested negative for the virus on Friday.

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Chairs at the September 26 nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court in the Rose Garden at the White House were not spaced six feet apart, and many attendees did not wear masks.

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GOP Senator Ron Johnson, whose positive COVID-19 diagnosis was announced Saturday morning, did not attend Saturday’s event. He is the third Republican senator to test positive for the virus in two days.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called to delay Barrett’s confirmation hearing following

If you attended a recent Trump campaign event, experts say you should take safety precautions

The president and the first lady have both tested positive for coronavirus, and those who have recently attended Trump campaign rallies are encouraged to take precautionary measures.

The Pennsylvania Department of Health has released guidance to anyone who attended President Donald Trump’s rally on Saturday at Harrisburg International Airport after it was revealed the president tested positive for the coronavirus.

Here is the statement from the Pennsylvania Department of Health:

“Pennsylvania has worked to make sure that anyone who needs a test can get one. If you are feeling sick and need to be tested, please contact your health care provider or visit health.pa.gov to find a testing location near you.


If you were at the presidential campaign event in Middletown, we do encourage you to download the COVID Alert PA app. If you test positive, you can alert those you came in close contact with anonymously through the app.”

The app is available in the Apple Store and Google Play. Just search “COVID Alert PA.”

Trump held a fundraiser in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Thursday and the state’s governor, Phil Murphy, is encouraging everyone who was there to get tested.

“We urge everyone who attended yesterday’s event in Bedminster to take full precautions, including self-quarantining and getting tested for #COVID19,” he tweeted, along with well-wishes for the president and first lady.

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