President Trump, Trump Jr. made campaign stops in Dayton area days before diagnosis

President Donald Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., recently visited the Dayton area during campaign stops, days before it was confirmed the President and First Lady were diagnosed with COVID-19.

President Trump made a campaign stop at a business at the Dayton International Airport on Sept. 21 and Trump Jr. stopped at a venue near Tipp City on Wednesday, one day after the presidential debate held near Cleveland.

Trump Jr., who was with the President in Cleveland during the debate, cancelled an appearance in Texas on Friday, saying he was awaiting results from a COVID-19 test, according to an announcement from GOP officials there. He had not announced any results by Friday evening.



Hundreds of local people were present at each Dayton-area event with many not wearing masks.

Miami County Public Health said it’s monitoring the situation.

“MCPH has not been contacted yet by anyone with concerns about contact tracing. At this point it is President Trump that has tested positive not Trump Jr. Therefore we are monitoring the situation to see if anything more develops,” said Vicky Knisley-Henry, a MCPH spokeswoman. Trump Jr. attended the Tuesday night debate in Cleveland between his father and Democrat Joe Biden. First Lady Melania Trump also tested positive for COVID-19.

She reached out this a.m. following questions by the Dayton Daily News about the Trump Jr. visit to the county Wednesday. An estimated 400 people attended the rally.

Public Health was not notified about the Wednesday rally before it took place because political rallies are exempt from Public Health orders concerning COVID-19, Knisley-Henry said.

As of mid-morning Friday, Public Health said it knew of no positive cases associated with the event. “Initially, MCPH isn’t checking on the event. As of right now there are no positive cases associated with the event. In the event there would be a positive case, then MCPH would follow up on it and any contact tracing needed for the case,” Knisley-Henry said.

Miami County Sheriff Dave Duchak recited the pledge of allegiance during the Donald Trump Jr. appearance. He said he walked to an empty stage to do the pledge and then stood on the perimeter to watch the crowd.

“Neither I, nor the other deputies working security for the event, were in the crowd nor did we meet or come into close proximity to Mr. Trump Jr. To date, I have heard nothing from the health department,” Duchak said.

State Rep. Jena Powell, R-Arcanum spoke during the Trump Jr. campaign and shook hands with the President’s son on the stage. The Dayton Daily News left several messages with Powell on Friday for comment.

With COVID-19 contact tracing, an infected person can spread COVID-19 48 hours before the person has any symptoms or tests positive.

Public Health – Dayton & Montgomery County spokesman Dan Suffoletto said while he can’t speak specifically about a case the department is not handling, but added “in general this again shows the importance of wearing masks, washing hands and maintaining distance.”