PA Officials: Anyone Who Attended Trump Rallies Should Watch for COVID-19 Symptoms

Gov. Tom Wolf speaks about health care reforms and President Donald Trump's positive coronavirus test at a virtual news conference on Friday, Oct. 2, 2020. (Screenshot)

By Patrick Abdalla

October 2, 2020

Gov. Tom Wolf wished President Donald Trump and his wife “a speedy recovery.”

Pennsylvania’s Department of Health is encouraging anyone who attended President Donald Trump’s rallies in Pennsylvania in the last two weeks to download the state’s contact tracing app after Trump Tweeted early Friday that he had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Trump’s Tweet came just hours after reports that top aide Hope Hicks had tested positive for the virus.

Trump has visited Pennsylvania five times in the last month. His most recent stops were at Middletown, Dauphin County, on Sept. 26 and Pittsburgh International Airport in Corapolis, Allegheny County, on Sept. 22. The day before Trump’s last visit, Gov. Tom Wolf issued a statement asking the president not to hold rallies, where most of his supporters do not wear masks, to avoid the risk of coronavirus infection among Pennsylvanians.

Speaking at a press conference on Friday morning to announce health care reforms, Wolf wished the first family well.

“I just wish them both a speedy recovery,” he said.

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Wolf isn’t the only governor who has had to respond to questions about the president’s campaign stops in their state.

Earlier this morning, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy told residents who attended a fundraiser Thursday in the Garden State to get tested.

“We urge everyone who attended yesterday’s event in Bedminster to take full precautions, including self-quarantining and getting tested,” Murphy said in a statement. 

Wolf didn’t go as far. 

“I’m not sure I have any prescription like Gov. Murphy’s,” he said. 

While he was speaking, the health department issued its statement.

“If you were at the Presidential campaign event in Middletown, we do encourage you to download the COVID Alert PA app,” the department’s statement said. “If you test positive, you can alert those you came in close contact with anonymously through the app.”

According to numbers released by the department Thursday, Dauphin County saw 19 fewer COVID-19 cases over a seven-day period compared to the week before. 

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