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COVID-19 cases connected to Trump, Biden campaign stops in Duluth, Bemidji

President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Duluth on September 30.

DULUTH, MN -- Minnesota state health officials connected several confirmed cases of COVID-19 to presidential campaign events in Duluth and across the state.

As of Monday, state officials say three people who tested positive for the virus said they attended President Donald Trump's campaign rally in Duluth on September 30.

Two of those people live in the same house, so experts say it's not considered an outbreak at this point.

The Duluth event was Trump's final rally before learning the next day he was diagnosed with COVID-19. His aide, Hope Hicks, also became ill while travelling in Minnesota on Air Force One on that same trip.

President Trump speaking in Bemidji September 18.

Meanwhile, Monday, the state reported four new cases connected to Trump's Bemidji rally on September 18, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients who attended that rally to 12.

Four more people confirmed to have the vrius said they were at a counter protest outside Trump's Bemidji event.

Trump's Duluth and Bemidji rally each had thousands in attendance with little social distancing and some people wearing masks.

Democratic Presidential Candidate Joe Biden during his stop in Canal Park while visiting Duluth September 18.

Despite holding his speech without a crowd, there's also a confirmed case connected to democratic candidate Joe Biden's Duluth visit on September 18.

State health officials didn't say if that person was inside the union hall Biden visited or in a crowd gathered outside the event. Biden also visited Canal Park with a large crowd gathering during his stop.

Another confirmed patient said they were at a Biden campaign event in a Twin Cities suburb on September 22.

The state is also tracking three confirmed cases connected to a Vice President Mike Pence campaign rally at the Minneapolis International Airport in September.

Briggs LeSavage

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