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Trump Rallies For Nevada Votes In Arizona, Even As COVID-19 Counts Spike

President Trump standing at a podium during a rally in Bullhead, Arizona.
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President Trump is still vying for Nevada votes across state lines. He addressed supporters in Bullhead City, Arizona, at a time of increased COVID-19 infection throughout the region.

President Donald Trump is finding ways to continue reaching voters in Nevada through rallies, even as COVID-19 cases climb and state restrictions limit crowds.

Trump blatantly defied Nevada state restrictions on gatherings last month, holding campaign events that drew thousands. The county and airport that hosted one event were fined by state officials.  

This week, Trump sidestepped Nevada restrictions by stumping in Arizona – right across the border in Bullhead City.

“How many people are from Nevada? Not bad, not bad,” Trump said, gauging the size of the crowd. 

States in the Mountain West are beginning to ramp up restrictions on crowd sizes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations spike. 

“This virus can cross state lines, it can move from cities to mountain communities,” said Elizabeth Carlton with the Colorado School of Public Health. “Using the tools we have in our toolkit now are really important in order to prevent the spread of infections.”

Carlton said the Trump rallies are frustrating because they reinforce social behaviors that are hindering progress on the pandemic. 

Worrying trends in Colorado prompted the city of Denver to move to the second-highest level of restrictions – reducing capacity at most businesses to 25% and capping outdoor gatherings at 75 people.

“We need to change the way we live, we need to stay safer at home, we need to avoid social interactions,” said Colorado Governor Jered Polis during a press conference this week

Idaho, Utah, Montana and Wyoming are seeing infection rates soar, according to data from Johns Hopkins. None of those states have state-wide mask mandates.

This story was produced by the Mountain West News Bureau, a collaboration between Wyoming Public Media, Boise State Public Radio in Idaho, KUNR in Nevada, the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West in Montana, KUNC in Colorado, KUNM in New Mexico, with support from affiliate stations across the region. Funding for the Mountain West News Bureau is provided in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Beau grew up listening to public radio on the Palouse. He is a former host, reporter, producer and engineer for Montana Public Radio in Missoula. As a reporter, he is interested in stories that address issues and perspectives unique to living in the West.
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