Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, told "Fox News Sunday" that attendants of President Trump's upcoming campaign rally in Tulsa on June 2o may face potential exposure to the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Hundreds of people are expected to attend the president's first rally since the since pandemic began and will not be required to wear masks. This comes as multiple states are reporting new daily records of coronavirus hospitalizations.

  • Those who request tickets for the rally have received a disclaimer that confirms that by agreeing to end, they "voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19" and cannot hold the president liable.

What they're saying: "Anything that involves large crowds indoors where there is also screaming, yelling, loud voices, shouting, cheering — all which will help aerosolize this virus — I think are real challenges," Osterholm said.

  • "Let me just put it really simply: Would I want my loved ones in a setting like that? Absolutely not. And it wouldn't matter about politics or the reason why they were there — I wouldn't want them there.
  • "And I think that this again is part of the sense that we're not understanding that we have a long way to go to with this pandemic. It is not over in the next several weeks."

The big picture: At least 14 states have reported increases in new coronavirus cases of 25% or more in the last week.

  • Florida and Texas both reported record-breaking new coronavirus infections in one day last week.
  • In Florida, over 1,000 new infections have been reported every day since June 8. In Texas, government officials said last week that the outbreak in Houston is uncontrolled and poses a significant threat to the community.

"I think that what we have here today is we're not sure what's happening. We have 22 states where cases are increasing, 8 where it's level and 21 states where it's decreasing," Osterholm said.

  • "What we have to understand is that about 5% of the U.S. population has been infected to date with this virus, some locations slightly higher. This virus is not going to rest until it gets to about 60% or 70%, and when I say 'rest' I mean slow down. So, one way or another, we're going to see a lot of additional cases out there."

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Trump's outdoor New Hampshire rally postponed due to weather

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President Trump's outdoor campaign rally in Portsmouth, N.H., slated to take place on Saturday, was postponed on Friday due to weather from Tropical Storm Fay, a senior White House official confirmed to Axios.

The state of play: Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany told reporters on Air Force One that the event would take place in "a week or two" instead. The outdoor rally — which had encouraged the use of face masks — was scheduled after sparse attendance at Trump's indoor comeback to the campaign trail in Tulsa.

Polls show Trump has fight on his hands in Kansas and Montana

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Public and private polling shows President Trump "not only trailing badly in swing states like Michigan and Wisconsin, but running closely with [Joe] Biden in traditionally conservative bastions like Kansas and Montana," the New York Times reports.

Why it matters: Trump won each of those states in 2016 by 20 points. If he's in dogfights there, his map is on fire.

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Coronavirus dashboard

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 12,772,755 — Total deaths: 566,036 — Total recoveries — 7,030,749Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 12 p.m. ET: 3,269,531 — Total deaths: 134,898 — Total recoveries: 995,576 — Total tested: 39,553,395Map.
  3. Politics: Trump wears face mask in public for first time.
  4. States: Florida smashes single-day record for new coronavirus cases with over 15,000.
  5. Public health: Trump's coronavirus testing czar says lockdowns in hotspots "should be on the table" — We're losing the war on the coronavirus.
  6. Education: Betsy DeVos says schools that don't reopen shouldn't get federal funds — Pelosi accuses Trump of "messing with the health of our children."