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Republican leaders submit Charlotte health proposal to NC officials
Plan in accordance with Phase 2 coronavirus rules
 
Published Saturday, August 8, 2020 3:50 pm
by Herbert L. White | The Charlotte Post

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The Republican National Committee has submitted a health plan for the business portion of its national convention in Charlotte Aug. 21-24.

When Republicans gather for the Charlotte portion of their national convention, it’ll be in accordance with North Carolina rules on battling the coronavirus.


The Republican National Committee’s Committee on Arrangements submitted its strategies to state officials Aug. 3 with the state’s Phase 2 restrictions and protocols in mind. The rules would be in effect for the RNC business meeting Aug. 21-23 and convention business on Aug. 24.


The major portions of the convention – including the nomination and President Donald Trump’s acceptance speech – were removed from Charlotte by Trump after Gov. Roy Cooper wouldn’t commit to bending Phase 2 rules at Spectrum Center. Trump directed those activities to Jacksonville, Florida in June, only for that state to be hit by a spike in COVID-19 cases that scratched those plans as well. Trump is exploring other sites for his speech.


The committee consulted with Jeffrey Runge, M.D., who formed an internal Safety and Health Working Group to develop a safety and health plan for Charlotte that integrated with local health officials, health care systems, emergency management as well as state and federal agencies to mitigate risk associated with the meeting.


“Our top priority continues to be the safety and health of all attendees, participating vendors, staff and the Charlotte community,” said Max Everett, the RNC’s vice president and chief information officer. “We were extremely thorough in our planning and grateful for our local partners, including Atrium Health, Novant Health, city and county officials and other stakeholders who are working to ensure that the official convention business conducted here in the Queen City is a healthy and safe experience for all.”


The plan is based on evolving scientific evidence and local capabilities, as well as guidance issued by the Presidential Coronavirus Task Force, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases.


Six delegates from each state and U.S. territory 336 in all – are expected for the Charlotte portion of the convention. These delegates, as well as vendors and staff, will follow this health and safety plan. The plan includes:

• Training for delegates and integrated communications planning to bring them up to speed on protocols

• Pre-travel COVID-19 testing of participants prior to arrival


• Daily symptom tracking and temperature checks for all delegates


• Social distancing in all venues


• Masks are mandatory and personal protection equipment will be provided to participants


• Medical professionals will be on site for necessary response


• An integration with local health care systems for on-site and telemedicine consultations in addition to testing capabilities as needed

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