Kamala Harris Suspends Campaign Travel After Staffers Test Positive for COVID-19
Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA), the Democratic nominee for vice president, has suspended her travel plans following two staffers testing positive for the coronavirus.
The two individuals include a member of Harris’s flight crew as well as her communications director, Liz Allen.
Although she and Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, have both continued to test negative, the Biden campaign said Thursday that it is erring on the side of caution.
“Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” Biden Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.
“After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal, non-campaign events in the past week. Under our campaign’s strict health protocols, both individuals had to be tested before returning to their work with the campaign from these personal events,” she said. “These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with; the importance of having such protocols – which include testing before resuming duties, regular testing while working in-person, isolation after time off, and masking and distancing while on campaign duties – have been illustrated once again.”
O’Malley Dillon added that Biden and Harris have adhered to safety precautions laid out by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention since the pandemic began.
“From the outset of this pandemic, the Biden-Harris campaign has taken every precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19. Today’s exceedingly cautious steps are part of that commitment,” she said.
Harris “was not in close contact, as defined by the CDC, with either of these individuals during the two days prior to their positive tests; as such, there is no requirement for quarantine,” O’Malley Dillon added.
The Senator was scheduled to make several campaign stops across the key swing states of North Carolina, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. On Wednesday night, Harris told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow she was also considering taking a trip to Texas, where Biden is within reach of turning the state blue for the first time since 1976.
Harris will resume campaigning on the road next week.