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After RNC in Charlotte, 4 test positive for coronavirus

Posted August 28, 2020 10:46 a.m. EDT
Updated August 28, 2020 10:57 a.m. EDT

— The Mecklenberg County Health Department on Friday announced four cases of the novel coronavirus linked to the Republican National Convention events held in Charlotte this week.

Two attendees and two support people have tested positive for COVID-19 and are in isolation, the health department Tweeted.

The convention, originally planned for Charlotte, was first moved to Jacksonville, Fla., after North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper, a Democrat, could not promise President Trump the large-scale gathering typical of nominating events.

As the coronavirus surged across the South, Republicans again scaled back plans for a big meeting, but delegates did gather in Charlotte Monday to nominate Trump for a second term.

He surprised them with an hour-long speech, and visited a western North Carolina farm operation on the same day.

The convention concluded Thursday night with Trump's acceptance speech on the South Lawn of the White House, in front of a large, mostly unmasked and not socially distant crowd.