Kamala Harris is taking preventative measures to ensure she doesn’t get Coronavirus. The Democratic vice presidential candidate has called off some of her travel plans after learning two of the members on her campaign team have tested positive for COVID-19.
On Wednesday night (Oct. 14), Harris’ team found out that her communications director Liz Allen and an unidentified non-staff flight member on her campaign contracted the virus. The two reportedly attended “personal, non-campaign events” in the past week and were required to get tested upon return.
Harris and Biden were not in contact with either individual in the two days before they were tested and have not been since the diagnoses. Harris was on a plane with the flight member on Oct. 8, but did not meet “the CDC definition of ‘close contact’ for exposure.”
The Harris campaign explained that it’s unnecessary for anyone to quarantine, but announced they would cancel Harris’ travel plans through Sunday “out of an abundance of caution and in line with our campaign’s commitment to the highest levels of precaution.”
Today (Oct. 15), Harris followed up with a statement acknowledging that “both the crew member and the staff member were wearing N95 masks at all points they were near” her. “Our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines,” she said, adding she has tested negative twice this week and is not displaying any symptoms for the virus.
“I will be transparent with you about any test results that I do receive,” she continued. “In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the spread.”
The Harris campaign has also suspended upcoming travel for Harris’s husband Doug Emhoff. Biden, however, will continue to travel and is scheduled to attend an ABC News town hall tonight in Philadelphia.
Late last night, I learned a non-staff flight crew member & a member of my team tested positive for COVID. I wasn’t in close contact—as defined by the CDC—with either during the 2 days prior to their positive tests.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 15, 2020
I've had 2 negative tests this week & am not showing symptoms.
I will be transparent with you about any test results that I do receive. In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the spread.— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 15, 2020