National Park Service staff working at the Mount Rushmore event did not have to undergo testing, according to the agency.

“None of the Incident Management Team members at the event reported exhibiting any symptoms or feeling unwell,” agency spokesperson Dana Soehn said in a statement Saturday.

CNN reported that some Park Service staff members wore masks and others did not attend Friday’s event in South Dakota. There was no social distancing at the event since the attendees were grouped in the stadium seats.

Soehn said the face masks were available to all Park Service employees who worked at the event and are recommended for use at all times when social distancing cannot be maintained.

Soehn added that the agency is following guidelines from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for monitoring the health of the workforce and that Department of Interior employees are encouraged to conduct a Daily self-monitoring of COVID-19 symptoms using the CDC Symptoms website or the CDC Self-Checker, and not informing the workplace if they have symptoms or feel ill. “

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Coronavirus cases in South Dakota are currently stable, according to data from Johns Hopkins University, but it was unclear how many attendees had traveled from other states to the Mount Rushmore event. More than 7,000 tickets were available for Friday’s event.
The CDC says outdoor spaces are less risky than indoor areas for the spread of Covid-19, but it still encourages being 6 feet away from others and avoiding crowded parks.
Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump attended the Independence Day celebration in South Dakota on Friday to see fireworks over the national landmark. In a 40-minute speech, Trump criticized what he called a “ruthless campaign” by his political enemies to erase history by removing monuments that some say are symbols of racial oppression and attacked protesters as a left-wing mafia that has the intention of “ending the United States”. ”
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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, the president has pushed for large public gatherings, holding a rally last month in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and speaking at a crowded church in Arizona. The White House maintains that the President is regularly screened for coronaviruses.

At the Tulsa event, the Trump campaign conducted temperature checks, provided hand sanitizer to attendees, and handed out masks, but did not require people to wear them or social distance during the event.

Eight campaign employees and two Secret Service agents who were at the scene of the demonstration tested positive for coronavirus and the rest of the Trump campaign staff who attended quarantine the following week. At least one high-profile Trump supporter who attended the rally, former presidential candidate Herman Cain, was hospitalized after being diagnosed with coronavirus. However, his spokesman said it was impossible to know if Cain contracted the virus at the rally, where he was photographed without a mask.