Eleven people who were involved in preparing and planning the presidential debate on Tuesday evening have now tested positive for COVID-19, the City of Cleveland has confirmed. Debate host Chris Wallace announced that Donald Trump and his family were late to adopt the proposal for a COVID test.
"The city of Cleveland is aware of positive cases of COVID-19 following the September 29 presidential debate, a statement said.
"In total, we are currently aware of eleven cases resulting from the planning and establishment prior to the debate, with the majority of cases involving citizens."
They said no city dwellers appear to have contracted the virus as a result of this event.
Shortly before her announcement, Wallace told his Fox News colleague Bill Hemmer on Friday afternoon that the Trump party had not been tested.
"There was an honor system in place for the people who came into the hall from the two campaigns," Wallace said.
Wallace arrived in Cleveland on Sunday to be tested.
"They couldn't be tested by the clinic," said Wallace.
They didn't arrive until Tuesday afternoon. In order for them to be tested, there would not have been enough time to do the test and have the debate at 9 p.m. They didn't show up until 3, 4, 5 p.m. & # 39;
Chris Wallace said Friday afternoon that the Trump team was late for COVID testing
Wallace, who moderated the debate on Tuesday, explained the "honor system" for the tests
"Members of the commission were not particularly pleased with the fact that the presidential party was not wearing masks," said Wallace.
"The risks of this virus appear to have been neglected."
Trump and his wife Melania both tested positive on Thursday night. The results were announced shortly after midnight in the early hours of Friday morning. On Friday evening, the president's condition worsened and he was helicoptered to Walter Reed Medical Center.
Leading up to the debate, doctors at a Cleveland clinic who provided medical assistance asked all attendees to wear face masks.
The Trump contingent once declined in their seats, according to NBC News.
Donald Trump's family and supporters turned down requests to wear masks on Tuesday evening
The President and First Lady have been rejecting CDC protocols on COVID prevention for months
A Cleveland Clinic doctor in a white lab coat approached Trump's family guests and asked them to put on masks.
She offered them one if they didn't have one.
She never approached family members, but as she got closer to them, someone shook their head and no one she remembered putting on a mask put on.
Jill Biden, Senator Chris Coons, and others seated in the Democratic section began looking around, NBC reported.
When the doctor, who refused to speak to the press, walked off the floor, a member of the discussion hall said to her, "That's all you can do."
Biden and his wife, who wore face masks before and after the event and were ridiculed by Trump supporters for them, both tested negative for the virus.
Trump mocked Biden for following CDC guidelines by avoiding large gatherings, wearing a face mask in public, and socially isolating himself.
"I don't wear a mask like him," Trump said. “He's got a mask every time you see him. He could speak 200 feet away and he shows up wearing the largest mask I've ever seen. & # 39;
Trump pulled out his face mask during the debate but said he didn't wear it all the time
Now Fox News, where the debate took place on Tuesday, is testing its employees, including Wallace and Rupert Murdoch's son Lachlan, executive chairman of Fox Corporation.
Lachlan Murdoch made a toast to Wallace at a Cleveland airport after the event.
Lachlan Murdoch, the son of Rupert Murdoch, was present in Cleveland and is being tested for COVID-19
The meeting was attended by two of the station's newscasters, Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, as well as Fox News Media CEO Suzanne Scott and its president, Jay Wallace.
Sean Hannity is also being tested after broadcasting live from the discussion room and conducting a live interview with the President's son, Donald J. Trump Jr., who sat just inches from Hannity.
Other Fox News personalities were on set off the venue, including political analysts Brit Hume, Dana Perino and Juan Williams.
Fox News declined to comment on Friday.
A source told the New York Times that Fox News had taken precautions, including testing, to ensure the safety of hosts, reporters and staff.
The previous Friday, before Trump went to the hospital, Wallace appeared on Fox & Friends and told viewers, "wear the damn mask".
"Follow science," he said.
“If I could say one thing to everyone out there: Forget politics. This is a public safety issue. & # 39;
Sean Hannity, who is broadcasting live from the Cleveland venue, will also be tested