2020 Republican National Convention (RNC) signage is displayed inside the Spectrum Center during a media walk-through in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019. The 2020 RNC will be held at the Spectrum Center from August 24-27. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

Four test positive for COVID-19 after RNC attendance

Two attendees and two "individuals supporting the events" have tested positive for coronavirus, reports say.

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Four people who attended the Republican National Convention (RNC) meeting in Charlotte, North Carolina, tested positive for COVID-19, according to county officials.

ABC News reports that two attendees and two people who “supported the event” came into contact with coronavirus. They were immediately placed in isolation, according to an official statement by North Carolina’s Mecklenburg county that was posted on Friday.

A Spokesman for the RNC told media outlets a number of safety protocols were put into place that included making sure all attendees were tested. Testing was given before traveling to Charlotte and, upon arrival.

“Out of roughly 1,000 tests administered, two RNC attendees, despite having negative tests prior to travel, and two Charlotte locals who planned to serve as event support staff tested positive upon arrival. All were sent home,”

RNC Communication Director Michael Ahrens told the media.

Inside the Charlotte Convention Center, where over 300 delegates from around the country traveled to, most attendees packed inside did not wear masks, ignoring North Carolina’s COVID-19 statewide mask mandate

Originally, Charlotte, North Carolina was going to host the entire Republican convention. Due to coronavirus-related concerns limiting the activities of large party business, much of the event was remote or held in Washington, DC.

The RNC Convention was not the first Trump event that has been linked to coronavirus.

President Donald Trump points to member of the audience after speaking during the first day of the 2020 Republican National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., Aug. 24, 2020. Photo: Andrew Harnik/AP

This past summer Trump held a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma that public health experts in the state admitted contributed to a rise in cases in the area.

Eight Trump campaign advance staffers were in Tulsa, and two that attended the rally, tested positive for the virus.

The White House denied the idea that the Tulsa rally increased coronavirus cases in the area. White House Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said she had “no data to indicate” that was the case.

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