Fans of President Donald Trump on Twitter over the weekend put forth theories about why reports of the coronavirus have been mostly confined to states controlled by Democrats.
Officials at the Center for Disease Control (CDC) said on Saturday that there are at least 71 cases and one death in the U.S. from the virus, which is known as COVID-19.
Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar confirmed on Sunday that one new case has been identified in Chicago. Several hours later, the CDC said the first case had been found in Rhode Island.
Those come in addition to cases in other left-leaning states like California, Massachusetts and Oregon. Several so-called red states -- Wyoming, Texas and Arizona -- also reportedly have patients with the virus.
On Twitter, the president's supporters speculated why the majority of cases are in blue states.
@ewarren Why is the #coronavirus only in Democrat ran states so far🤔 coincidence 🤔— Dingusmo Joe (@Dingusmo Joe)1583087691.0
@tedlieu @VP Dear Californians, 2016/18, Hepatitis epidemic! 600 sick, 20 died in San Diego! Guess what Californian… https://t.co/663cbX9DFo— Diana Pickard (@Diana Pickard)1583087642.0
Have you noticed all new cases of coronavirus are in Democrat states Wash. Or. Cal. I’ll. Ri. do you think the dems… https://t.co/QxorcGMdZO— bob berger (@bob berger)1583086377.0
@TrumpWarRoom @Mike_Pence I said it the 1st day we heard the coronavirus is here "The Coronavirus will start spread… https://t.co/RKkRlPqXSF— Constitution Matters 1776 (@Constitution Matters 1776)1583085676.0
Prediction: Democrat run cities in the US will start announcing many sick people with #coronavirus “symptoms” to cr… https://t.co/vGMfNSRHDK— ADHD Capital LLC ™ (@ADHD Capital LLC ™)1583085312.0
Notice how the virus is located in Democrat states? Are the Dems purposely contaminating these people? It’s a fair… https://t.co/LBc8QzWqPT— Dr. TMC (@Dr. TMC)1583085292.0
If this Coronavirus should turn into a "pandemic"...the difference, between republican and dumb dem leadership will… https://t.co/x72jrJ8mSB— DavidRo68159236 (@DavidRo68159236)1583085195.0
@RudyGiuliani >Associated Press Has Confirmed That The Democrats Are Lying About Coronavirus Readiness States give… https://t.co/L924mSKzMw— Grace Anne (@Grace Anne )1583083961.0
So it's interesting that the Coronavirus pops up in the Democratic states where people shit on the streets.— Michael Legero #MAGAvetran#BUILD THE WALL# (@Michael Legero #MAGAvetran#BUILD THE WALL#)1583082401.0
@seanhannity Gee Go figure the Democrat run states already have the virus challenges! That’s a big duh!— Reasoned Rhetoric (@Reasoned Rhetoric)1583080150.0
@BernieSanders They're sleeping on Dem controlled streets. They can't afford health care because democrats keep giv… https://t.co/GOzGzai6AT— USARebelSway: Convention of the States (@USARebelSway: Convention of the States)1583091240.0