Harris was not in what the US Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention outline as shut contact with both individual, Biden marketing campaign supervisor Jen O’Malley Dillon mentioned in an announcement. Nonetheless, Harris’ deliberate journey to North Carolina on Thursday was scrapped, and she is going to stay off the highway till Monday, she mentioned.
“Neither of those individuals have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or another staffers since testing optimistic or within the 48 hours previous to their optimistic check 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 shield the marketing campaign, the workers, and anybody who they could have contact with; the significance of getting such protocols — which embody testing earlier than resuming duties, common testing whereas working in-person, isolation after time without work, and masking and distancing whereas on marketing campaign duties — have been illustrated as soon as once more.”
Harris has taken two PCR assessments for coronavirus since October 8, together with a check Wednesday, and has examined adverse, O’Malley Dillon mentioned.
The Biden marketing campaign’s quick disclosure of the optimistic outcomes was in stark distinction with how Trump’s marketing campaign and White Home have dealt with optimistic coronavirus assessments from Trump himself in addition to prime marketing campaign officers and aides. Trump’s White Home nonetheless has not disclosed when Trump had most lately examined adverse for coronavirus previous to his optimistic check.
The 2 individuals have been with Harris on a flight on October 8, the day after her debate with Vice President Mike Pence.
“Through 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 adverse, and all different staffers on the flight have examined adverse, 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 in the course of 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 individual, the marketing campaign mentioned, he’ll return to in-person campaigning on Friday.
On Wednesday, Harris mentioned “we have been very protected” in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow when requested if she feels protected campaigning in the course of 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 possibly can’t shake palms. However you possibly can look individuals within the eye, and you’ll pay attention, and you’ll be there,” Harris mentioned. “I feel it is vital to be the place the persons are however to do it in a means that doesn’t trigger them to be at any danger when it comes to their security. And so we’re working it out. It is positively a unique type of marketing campaign than something that we have executed earlier than, however we’re making one of the best of it.”
This story has been up to date with further info relating to the marketing campaign’s choice to halt Harris’ journey.