Kamala Harris: Biden campaign halts running mate's travel after two people in campaign's orbit test positive for coronavirus

Kamala Harris: Biden marketing campaign halts working mate’s journey after two individuals in marketing campaign’s orbit take a look at constructive for coronavirus


A workers member for the constitution firm that flies Biden additionally examined constructive Thursday, his marketing campaign mentioned, however Biden’s journey schedule shouldn’t be altering as a result of the previous vp didn’t come inside 50 toes of the particular person.

Harris was not in what the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention outline as shut contact with both particular person, Biden marketing campaign supervisor Jen O’Malley Dillon mentioned in a press release. Nonetheless, Harris’ deliberate journey to North Carolina on Thursday was scrapped, and she’s going to stay off the highway till Monday, she mentioned.

“Neither of those individuals have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or some other staffers since testing constructive or within the 48 hours previous to their constructive take a look at outcomes,” O’Malley Dillon mentioned.

“After being with Senator Harris, each people attended private, non-campaign occasions prior to now week. Underneath our marketing campaign’s strict well being protocols, each people needed to be examined earlier than returning to their work with the marketing campaign from these private occasions,” she mentioned. “These protocols assist defend the marketing campaign, the workers, and anybody who they could have contact with; the significance of getting such protocols — which embrace testing earlier than resuming duties, common testing whereas working in-person, isolation after day without work, and masking and distancing whereas on marketing campaign duties — have been illustrated as soon as once more.”

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Harris has taken two PCR assessments for coronavirus since October 8, together with a take a look at Wednesday, and has examined detrimental, O’Malley Dillon mentioned.

The Biden marketing campaign’s speedy disclosure of the constructive outcomes was in stark distinction with how President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign and the White Home have dealt with constructive coronavirus assessments from Trump himself in addition to prime marketing campaign officers and aides. Trump’s White Home nonetheless has not disclosed when the President had most not too long ago examined detrimental for coronavirus previous to his constructive take a look at.

Harris sought to make that distinction clear Thursday evening after Trump, throughout an NBC Information city corridor, equated the outbreak on the White Home with the constructive assessments halting her journey.

“My response is, with due respect and being well mannered, that he is simply incorrect,” Harris advised CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight.”

“And the truth of it’s that, to begin with, his strategy to this situation is one thing the American public are affected by.”

The 2 individuals had been with Harris on a flight on October 8, the day after her debate with Vice President Mike Pence.

“In the course of the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 masks, as did each people. She was not inside 6 toes for greater than 15 minutes with both of them,” O’Malley Dillon mentioned.

Earlier than and after the flight, each Allen and the flight crew member examined detrimental, and all different staffers on the flight have examined detrimental, she mentioned.

O’Malley Dillon mentioned the Biden marketing campaign has begun the method of contact tracing “to inform everybody who got here into contact with the people throughout the potential an infection window.”

Biden’s marketing campaign additionally scrapped the plans of Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, to journey to Minnesota, the place he’d deliberate to marketing campaign with Jill Biden, on Thursday. However as a result of he had not been involved with both particular person, the marketing campaign mentioned, he’ll return to in-person campaigning on Friday.

Hours after asserting the change to Harris’ schedule, Biden’s marketing campaign mentioned it had realized — by means of the method of contact tracing following the Harris flight crew member who examined constructive — that an administrative staffer for the constitution flight firm that flies Biden additionally examined constructive.

The particular person traveled on Biden’s aircraft on Monday and Tuesday. However, O’Malley Dillon mentioned in a press release, the particular person was within the final row of the Boeing 737 airplane, greater than 50 toes from Biden on every flight. The 2 used completely different entrances and each the particular person and Biden wore masks throughout the flights, she mentioned. Due to that, O’Malley Dillon mentioned, Biden is not going to change his schedule.

“As we introduced earlier at this time, Senator Harris’ contact with the crew member on her flight, and her staffer, had been so incidental that she shouldn’t be required to quarantine. Nonetheless, we postponed her journey plans out of an abundance of warning given even this incidental contact,” she mentioned. “Provided that the Vice President had no bodily proximity in any respect with this administrative crew member, and that his aircraft is bigger than Sen. Harris’ aircraft, and the gap from the person is critical (over 50 toes), there isn’t a purpose to even undertake such a warning.”

On Wednesday, Harris mentioned “we have been very secure” in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow when requested if she feels secure campaigning throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Harris laughed when she acknowledged that Trump makes enjoyable of the Biden marketing campaign for sporting masks.

“I would prefer to hug individuals. You do not hug individuals lately. That is not an possibility. You’ll be able to’t shake palms. However you possibly can look individuals within the eye, and you may pay attention, and you may be there,” Harris mentioned. “I feel it is vital to be the place the individuals are however to do it in a means that doesn’t trigger them to be at any threat by way of their security. And so we’re working it out. It is undoubtedly a special type of marketing campaign than something that we have performed earlier than, however we’re making the very best of it.”

This story has been up to date with extra developments on Thursday.

CNN’s Jasmine Wright and Paul LeBlanc contributed this report.