Shortly after judge Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination event at the White House’s Rose Garden, a number of those in attendance tested positive for COVID-19 and new data suggests that the event was a superspreader for the virus.
According to data, that was released on Tableau Public by Peter James Walker, at least 37 cases of the new coronavirus were confirmed within 12 days after Barrett’s nomination event on September 26. In an email sent to Newsweek, Walker explained that the data is all crowd-sourced from public information, such as “tweets from verified reporters, news articles in trusted outlets, etc.”
Walker also noted that the site has an online tip line for anyone to forward new information, which is then verified with real articles before it is added to the tracker.
President Donald Trump and first lady Melania were two of the biggest names to test positive for COVID-19 after the event, but several other positive tests were reported shortly after.
The data shows that at least 11 people that attended the September 26 event tested positive for COVID-19.
In addition to Trump and the first lady, the data show the others who tested positive after attending the event include Washington-based photojournalist Al Drago, former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, California Pastor Greg Laurie, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, former counselor to Trump Kellyanne Conway, Utah Senator Mike Lee, North Carolina Senator Thom Tillis and a White House press corps journalist.