"We've treated all gatherings in the state, from the time the pandemic began to today, the same, whether they were the Black Lives Matter protests, whether there were protests on the statehouse lawn, whether it's a political rally, whatever it is, everyone's always treated the same", he told reporters.
"The past two days, we've had nearly 500 cases, and we knew we had several large events a little over two weeks ago, which is about right, so I guess we just connect the dots".
Dr. Bruce Dart, Executive Director of the Tulsa Health Department, said in a press conference on Wednesday there are high numbers being reported this week, with almost 500 new cases in two days and trends are showing that those numbers will increase. So I guess we just connect the dots, ' Dart said, apparently referring to the rally and accompanying protests.
Bruce Dart said those large gatherings "more than likely" contributed to the spike.
Given people infected with COVID-19 can take around two weeks to display symptoms, Trump's rally in Tulsa is possibly the cause of infections surge. The change comes after Trump's indoor rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, last month drew widespread attention for not imposing coronavirus restrictions, including social distancing and masks.
White House Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany condemned the book, saying, "It's ridiculous, absurd accusations that have absolutely no bearing in truth".
However, the campaign confirmed there will be ample access to hand sanitizer and all attendees will be provided with face masks that they will be strongly encouraged to wear.
Guilfoyle, who is the girlfriend of Trump's eldest child, Donald Trump Jr., had traveled separately from the president to South Dakota but did not attend the event. Instead, about 6,200 people gathered inside the 19,000-seat BOK Center arena - far fewer than was expected.
In addition to the rally, Tulsa also saw protests out in the streets following the murder of George Floyd, which is what Dr. Dart is referring to when he talked about "several large events".
Trump and his campaign hyped his formal return to the campaign trail with last month's Tulsa rally, which ultimately ended in a disappointing turnout and an outbreak of the virus among staff and Secret Service agents.
The Tulsa Health Department reported 266 new cases on Wednesday, bringing the total number in the county to 4,571. Norman approved its ordinance Tuesday night after a five-hour city council meeting during which citizens on both sides of the issue spoke out.