Dozens of secret service agents were quarantined after the two officers who attended the presidential Donald TrumpOn Saturday, a rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, tested positive for coronavirus, The washington post and CNN reported.
The Secret Service informed agents who worked on the Tulsa campaign that they stayed home for 14 days after the weekend trip. Two sources familiar with the decision were told by The Washington Post, who was the first to report the news.
According to two other sources, as reported by the Post, the local Tulsa Secret Service unit also organized a special testing session at the hospital to determine if local agents were infected with the virus while working during the event. The agency refused to confirm how many employees received a positive result or were isolated.
“The US Secret Service remains prepared and staffed to fulfill all necessary responsibilities,” the agency spokesman said in a statement.
“In order to protect the confidentiality of the health information of our employees and ensure operational security, the secret service does not report how many of its employees gave a positive result on COVID-19, and also how many employees were or are currently in quarantine.” representative added.
The Secret Service did not immediately respond to a HuffPost comment request.
The news came amid already tightened control over a major internal event that Trump raised in the face of objections from health officials who warned that he risks provoking a new surge of infections. On the day of the event, the Trump campaign found that six employees work at the rally gave a positive result for coronavirus; two were reportedly members of the secret service. On Monday, the campaign announced the two employees who attended the rally also tested positive.
In recognition of the health problems prior to the event, the Trump campaign demanded that people registering online agree to a legal disclaimer, which exempted him from liability if the participants entered into a contract with COVID-19.
The turnout at the event ultimately fell far short of Trump’s campaign expectations. After the team boasted 1 million ticket registrations, local officials estimated that approximately 6,200 people actually attended the rally at the 19,200 BOK Center. However, since participants are not required to wear masks, and social distance is not respected, the health effects of this event are closely monitored.
The Tulsa Health Department, which warned of an increase in the number of cases before the rally, reported a record surge in 259 new cases on Wednesday. Health officials say it’s too early to associate any increase in infections with the Trump event, The Associated Press reported.
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This article originally appeared on Huffpost and has been updated.