Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris’ communications director and a “non-staff flight crew member” have tested positive for the coronavirus, Joe Biden’s presidential campaign announced Thursday morning.
Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said that each one in-person campaigning by the senator from California — including stops planned for today within the crucial battleground state of North Carolina — are canceled for the remainder of the week and weekend.
Dillon said the campaign learned late Wednesday night that both Liz Allen, Kamala Harris’ communications director, and a non-staff flight crewman tested positive for COVID-19.
“Senator 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,” Dillon announced in a statement.
But she emphasized that “regardless, out of an abundance of caution and in line with our campaign’s commitment to the very best levels of precaution, we are canceling Senator Kamala Harris’s travel through Sunday, October 18th, but she is going to keep a strong and aggressive schedule of virtual campaign activities to succeed in voters all across the country during this point .”
Dillon said that Kamala Harris tested negative for COVID on Wednesday and would be tested again on Thursday. She added that Harris would return to in-person campaigning on Monday.
She stressed that “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.”
Two With Biden Campaign Test Positive for COVID-19, Kamala Harris Cancels Campaign Events
Neither Allen nor the flight crew member had contact with Biden, Kamala Harris, or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results, according to the campaign.
“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. These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with,” Dillon said.
Before their time off, both individuals were on a flight with Kamala Harris on Oct. 15. During that flight, all three wore N95 masks. She was not within six feet of either person for more than 15 minutes, meaning she does not fit the CDC’s definition of a close contact, the campaign noted.
Kamala Harris has taken two tests since that day, including one on Oct. 14. Both returned negative.
Everyone else on that flight has taken two or three tests and all have come back negative.
Travel plans for Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, were canceled for Thursday but he will return to the campaign trail on Friday.
“The campaign has begun the contact tracing process to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window. The laboratory which conducts tests on our behalf has reported these results, as they do all of our test results, to local officials as required by law. We are also communicating with our campaign staff,” the campaign said.
The positive tests come several weeks before the Nov. 3 election.
Trump and Biden have separate, in-person town halls scheduled for Thursday night.
Kamala Harris had been in Washington this week questioning Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett.
Kamala Harris was using a video remote system to ask questions of Barrett because she said she felt unsafe being in the hearing room.