‘This is a no-brainer’: Rock County officials urge Trump campaign to reconsider rally in Janesville

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JANESVILLE, Wis. — Rock County officials are urging President Donald Trump to reconsider holding a campaign rally at the Southern Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville over the weekend.

The news comes hours after the Trump campaign canceled a stop in La Crosse and scheduled a newly announced trip to Janesville for Saturday.

A news release from the Rock County Board of Supervisors said holding a large gathering would be “irresponsible of the President” as Rock County experiences rising COVID-19 cases.

“Rock County is experiencing an unprecedented pandemic that threatens the health of our residents,” County Board Chair Kara Purviance said in a statement. “It is irresponsible of the President to hold a rally that will put Rock County citizens in danger of contracting and spreading the virus.”

Rock County Vice Chair Richard Bostwick said cancelling the event “is a no-brainer” and that the board is “certainly going to try” to prevent the president from coming.

“I think it’s a bad idea… I’m saying this regardless of who the candidate is,” Bostwick said.

Should the rally proceed, Purviance encouraged those planning to attend to socially distance and wear a mask.

Rock County Public Health Officer Marie-Noel Sandoval released a statement Thursday evening saying the community is in crisis mode as it works to deal with the coronavirus.

“We are in crisis mode with the virus spreading rapidly in our community,” Sandoval said. “A large gathering at this time would jeopardize the health of many people in our community.”

Rock County has over 600 known active coronavirus cases, the highest number to date. The county’s 14-day positivity rate was also at 13.1%.