The Mayor of Des Moines, Iowa said he was concerned about this President TrumpDonald John TrumpNorth Korea unveils large ICBM at military parade Trump is no longer seen as a risk for transmitting COVID-19, the doctor says. New advertisement from the Trump campaign contains Fauci MOREThis week’s campaign event in Des Moines could be responsible for the spread of COVID-1
When asked by the Des Moines Registry if it was concerned the event could accelerate the spread of COVID-19 in Des Moines, Mayor Frank Cownie (D) said he was “absolutely”.
“I’m absolutely worried about the spread. We don’t want a super spread event here in Des Moines,” Cownie told the newspaper. “We urge everyone who would attend this event to wear a mask and social distance as best they can and stay safe and healthy.”
“We must all do everything we can to keep our numbers down,” he continued. “It’s proven, it’s scientific facts.”
The Trump campaign stressed in a statement to The Hill that attendees would be given temperature checks before being admitted to the event.
“The event will take place in an open-door aircraft hangar where people will express their First Amendment rights and hear from the President of the United States. We’ll have security protocols. All attendees will be given a temperature check, masks to wear and access to hand sanitizer, “Tim Murtaugh told The Hill.
The president’s return to campaigning comes just days after his hospital discharge, a one-day stint at Walter Reed Medical Center to treat COVID-19, which occurred among White House staff and visitors recently in an outbreak of the virus the Trump announced the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.
Cownie’s comments also come the same day Axios reported that Trump had directed his aides to campaign him every day until the election. A physically demanding strategy warned by an adviser could “kill” the 74-year-old president as he recovers from the debilitating virus.
Des Moines has seen the rate of new COVID-19 cases spike in the past few weeks, reporting just over 1,000 new cases on Saturday.