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No COVID Outbreak Stemming from Trump Fundraiser at NJ Golf Club, Gov. Murphy Says

More than 200 donors and staff were at the Oct. 1 event, which was held just hours before the president announced he tested positive for the virus

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New Jersey officials aren’t aware of any COVID-19 outbreak stemming from the campaign fundraiser President Donald Trump held recently at his Bedminster golf club, Gov. Phil Murphy said Tuesday.

More than 200 donors and staff were at the Oct. 1 event. The Democratic governor said state and county officials have been working to contact all attendees but have not heard of any cases that trace back to the event.

The White House said last week that the president did not have any contact with anyone that would be considered close, based on CDC guidelines.

Murphy echoed his calls last week for the federal government to provide more help to local officials.

“We’ve done everything we can do. Somerset County … has done everything they can do as has Bedminster,” he said. “We’re not aware of any outbreaks.”

The president held the event at the club just hours before he announced he tested positive for the virus. The White House has since said the president is clear to resume campaign-style events, and Trump held one in Florida on Monday, with another set for Pennsylvania on Tuesday.

The governor has said officials were trying to contact some nearly 200 attendees as well as 19 club staff members, who all live in New Jersey.

Murphy spoke Thursday at an event at Flounder brewery in the same county where the president’s golf club is located. The business was one of hundreds in the state to benefit from federal COVID-19 aide.

The first-term governor announced $100 million in federal coronavirus relief aid would be distributed in grants and other help to businesses and individuals.

The state also saw about 1,000 new positive COVID-19 cases reported overnight, the governor said, putting the total at 215,000. There were seven deaths reported overnight, putting the total at 14,394.

Health Commissioner Judy Persichilli warned last week that New Jersey could be on the edge of a second wave, after seeing cases and deaths decline since their height in March and April.

The warning came after cases spiked by 1,300 overnight one day last week.

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