Rock County officials urge Trump campaign to reconsider rally in Janesville

JANESVILLE, Wis. (WISC) — 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.

A news release from county officials 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. “It is irresponsible of the President to hold a rally that will put Rock County citizens in danger of contracting and spreading the virus.”

Should the rally proceed without any cancellations, Purviance encouraged those planning to attend to socially distance and wear a mask.

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%.