Harris Cancels Travel After 2 Campaign Workers Contract Covid-19

Topline

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced Thursday that vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ communications director Liz Allen and a crew member on one of Harris’ flights had tested positive for Covid-19; Harris is not considered a close contact and will not quarantine but will suspend travel until Monday.

Key Facts

Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement that neither of the individuals had contact with Biden, Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours before testing positive, meaning the Centers for Disease Control guideline does not recommend they quarantine. 

Although both Allen and the unnamed crew member flew with Harris on Oct. 8, Dillon said they tested negative before and after the flight.

All staffers on the flight have taken two or three PCR tests since Oct. 8 and all have tested negative, the campaign said, noting that Harris tested negative on Oct. 14. 

The campaign has started contact tracing and the lab that processes their tests notifies local officials as mandated by law, Dillon said. 

Harris tweeted that she was not in close contact with the two in the two days before their positive tests, based on CDC guidance, has taken two negative tests this week and is not showing symptoms. 

Crucial Quote

Dillon said the campaign decided to cancel in-person events out of an “abundance of caution” and to underline the campaign’s commitment to the “highest levels of precaution.”

Further Reading

The Complete Trump Covid-19 Timeline: What We Know About The President’s Diagnosis—And What We Don’t (Forbes)

White House Outbreak: Barron Trump Latest Revealed To Test Positive (Forbes)

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