Two attendees and two staffers working at the Republican National Convention in Charlotte have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, local health officials said Friday.
Mecklenburg County officials said the four people were quickly isolated and that those with whom they came into contact had been alerted.
The health department did not say whether any had shown symptoms of the virus which has claimed over 180,000 lives in the U.S.
Inside the Charlotte Convention Center, @GOP delegates are mingling & taking photos ahead of the official @GOPconvention business, some without wearing masks. Everyone inside had to test negative for COVID-19 prior to entering the convention center. pic.twitter.com/Tiz1Ni3GGX
— LaCrai Mitchell (@LaCraiMitchell) August 24, 2020
Charlotte officials had previously raised concerns over the lack of social distancing measures taken at the convention, where a few hundred Republicans gathered to formally renominate President Trump and Vice President Pence.
Video of the event showed few people wearing masks and many posing close together for photographs.
The RNC told its delegates to expect to wear a mask in the convention center in Charlotte, but as the pooler inside notes, and provides photos, some delegates are not wearing masks. 336 delegates were invited and roughly 60 RNC staffers: pic.twitter.com/iYL1kLvTWu
— Amanda Golden (@amandawgolden) August 24, 2020
“We had diligent safety protocols in place, including testing all attendees before arriving in Charlotte, and again 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,” said Michael Ahrens, the Republican National Committee’s communications director.
Attendees were required to have their temperature taken daily, and they completed wellness questionnaires every day.
Although Trump delivered his official acceptance speech from the White House, he appeared at the convention on Monday following the delegate count. Other in-person speakers included Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Tim Scott and four of the president’s children, Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Tiffany Trump.
The four-day Republican National Convention concluded on Thursday with President Donald Trump formally accepting a renomination to be his party’s candidate for president.