Permanent musical accompaniment: Don’t Fear The Reaper (Blue Öyster Cult 1976).
The Trump Death Cult announced its “Don’t Fear The Reaper” COVID Concert Tour 2020 last week. “It’s to die for!”
The Trump campaign is coming to states with a big surge in coronavirus outbreaks, beginning in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Tulsa Health Department director ‘wishes’ Trump rally would be postponed as local COVID cases surge:
Expressing concerns about COVID-19’s increasing spread, the Tulsa City-County Health Department’s director said he wishes the campaign rally for President Donald Trump at the BOK Center on June 20 would be pushed back to a later date.
In an interview with the Tulsa World on Saturday, Dr. Bruce Dart said Tulsa is seeing a “significant increase in our case trends” that makes a large gathering like the rally dangerous for not only attendees, but the president himself.
“I think it’s an honor for Tulsa to have a sitting president want to come and visit our community, but not during a pandemic,” said Dart. “I’m concerned about our ability to protect anyone who attends a large, indoor event, and I’m also concerned about our ability to ensure the president stays safe as well.”
A Whirlpool plant in Tulsa, Oklahoma, has temporarily closed due to a coronavirus outbreak one week before President Donald Trump will visit the city for a rally. Tulsa County now has its highest seven-day average of coronavirus cases since the outbreak began in March, according to the health department.
The Trump campaign knows that what is is doing is recklessly endangering the public health, because it will require supporters going to his rally to sign a coronavirus disclaimer in order to attend.
All attendees “assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19” and agree to not hold the campaign liable for any illness or injury.
“By clicking register below, you are acknowledging that an inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. By attending the Rally, you and any guests voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold Donald J. Trump for President, Inc.; BOK Center; ASM Global; or any of their affiliates, directors, officers, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.”
The takeaway here: Trump is happy to endanger his followers’ health, but not his own pocketbook. (It is far from clear that kind of waiver is legally sufficient when the conduct is “reckless” — an apt descriptor for Trump’s covid-denying rallies.)
Reckless endangerment is criminal negligence.
Health experts question the decision, citing the danger of infection spreading among the crowd and sparking outbreaks when people return to their homes. Health Expert Calls Trump’s Tulsa Rally ‘Extraordinarily Dangerous Move’:
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outlines the highest risk events for transmission of the coronavirus this way: “Large in-person gatherings where it is difficult for individuals to remain spaced at least 6 feet apart and attendees travel from outside the local area.” The CDC recommends cloth masks in places where people might shout or chant.
The Trump campaign has rejected social distancing and requiring attendees to wear a mask, i.e., it is rejecting its own government guidelines for stopping the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. As coronavirus cases spike, Fauci warns Trump rally attendees that large gatherings are ‘risky’; CDC issues new covid-19 guidelines at a time of protests and rallies. It intends to pack in cult followers to sacrifice their lives to satisfy the ego of their “Dear Leader.”
Other states on the “Don’t Fear The Reaper” COVID Concert Tour 2020, including Arizona, Texas and Florida have also just hit their highest numbers to date for the coronavirus pandemic. Coronavirus Cases Spike Across Sun Belt as Economy Lurches into Motion:
The warning has echoed ominously for weeks from epidemiologists, small-town mayors and county health officials: Once states begin to reopen, a surge in coronavirus cases will follow.
That scenario is now playing out in states across the country, particularly in the Sun Belt and the West, as thousands of Americans have been sickened by the virus in new and alarming outbreaks.
Hospitals in Arizona have been urged to activate emergency plans to cope with a flood of coronavirus patients. On Saturday, Florida saw its largest single-day count of cases since the pandemic began. Oregon has failed to contain the spread of the virus in many places, leading the governor on Thursday to pause what had been a gradual reopening.
And in Texas, cases are rising swiftly around the largest cities, including Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.
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Over all, daily coronavirus cases across the United States are essentially steady, stuck on a plateau. More than two million people have now contracted the virus in this country, according to a New York Times database, and every day, about 21,100 new known cases are reported, not much lower than the numbers from a month ago. About 800 people die from it each day. Those figures have both dropped significantly since peaking in April.
But as of Saturday, the daily number of new coronavirus cases was climbing in 22 states, shifting course from what had been downward trajectories in many of those places.
The spikes in cases bring leaders in these states to a new crossroads: Accept the continued rise in infections as an expected cost of reopening economies or consider slowing the lifting of restrictions aimed at stopping the spread or even imposing a new set of limits.
In Houston on Thursday, the county’s top elected official warnedthat the community was “on the precipice of a disaster” and urged residents to minimize contact with others. More than 300 new cases have been identified in that county on each recent weekday.
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In Arizona, more than 1,400 people who were believed to have the virus were hospitalized on Friday, up from 755 a month earlier and higher than at any other point in the pandemic. In Texas, the 2,166 coronavirus patients hospitalized on Friday were the most yet in that state.
For states with growing coronavirus outbreaks, some officials have arrived at the same conclusion: The rise in infections is unfortunate but inevitable.
“We are not going to be able to stop the spread,” said Dr. Cara Christ, the Arizona state health director. “And so we can’t stop living as well.”
But the outbreaks have also prompted frantic and repeated pleas to the public, asking that people wear masks and practice social distancing to limit transmission of the virus. On Thursday, Pat Gerard, the chairwoman of the Board of County Commissioners in Pinellas County, Fla., raised the specter of another clampdown on businesses to contain the latest outbreaks.
“I think it’s only a matter of time before the public sees those numbers and starts emailing us that we need to shut down again,” Ms. Gerard said during a board meeting.
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In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey, a Republican, moved energetically to reopen the state in May, and places like swimming pools, gyms and Little League fields have opened in recent weeks. Arizona officials reported more than 1,600 cases in a day for the first time on Friday.
Carla Logan, the owner of a bistro near downtown Phoenix, said that she was trying to save her business while making sense of Arizona’s rising number of cases. Theories by some scientists that the virus might diminish amid warmer weather were fading fast.
“We were hoping and praying the Arizona heat would kill the virus, but that didn’t happen,” she said. “A second shutdown for us would be catastrophic.”
In Florida, the number of new coronavirus cases has topped 1,000 for all but one of the past seven days. Most of the state began to reopen on May 4, though South Florida is still under tighter restrictions. Miami’s beaches only reopened on Wednesday.
The Trump Death Cult’s “Don’t Fear The Reaper” COVID Concert Tour 2020 is the ‘Perfect Storm’ for Viral Spread, Experts Say. It will be a contributing factor, if not the traceable cause, for new COVID-19 hot spots breaking out across the country … spreading disease and death in Trump’s wake.
No word yet whether the tour will be adding Clorox or Lysol to the usual Kool-aid at these Nuremberg-style cult concerts to promote “Dr. Trump’s” snake oil cure for COVID-19.
Joe Biden is almost correct: Biden says Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic was ‘almost criminal’. Actually, this is criminal negligence playing out in real time before your very eyes.