Trump came in contact with 500 people between first positive test and hospitalization: report
Former President Trump came in contact with over 500 people between the day he initially tested positive for COVID-19 and his eventual hospitalization, according to a report by The Washington Post.
He came in contact with people either in close proximity to him or at events, according to the report. The number, however, doesn’t include people present at his rallies.
In the time following the initial test, Trump did not take extra precautions such as mask-wearing or social distancing as preventative measures for those he came in contact with after the positive test on Sept. 26, 2020, The Post said.
The newspaper reviewed Trump’s scheduled events in the week after he tested positive to attempt to account for the number of people he may have came in contact with.
Among the events Trump attended after his initial COVID-19 positive test was a Rose Garden ceremony, packed with people, to announce his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court and an event in the East Wing for Gold Star families who have lost loved ones to military combat.
The Post noted that many people who came in contact with Trump, including members of his staff and the press, would later test positive for the virus. Those included New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway.
Three days after a debate with then-presidential contender Joe Biden, Trump announced that he had tested positive for the virus. He received treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center later that day.
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