Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has suspended campaign events. Two people connected to the campaign tested positive for COVID-19.
According to CNN, a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen, tested positive for the virus. The Biden campaign manager said Harris suspended travel “out of an abundance of caution.”
On Twitter, Harris wrote, “Late last night, I learned a non-staff flight crew member and 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. I’ve had 2 negative tests this week & am not showing symptoms.”
Both Allen and the crew member were aboard a flight with Harris on Oct. 8. According to the campaign manager, Harris wore an N95 mask, the same mask frontline workers wear, while aboard. Additionally, both Allen and the crew member tested negative for the virus before and after the flight.
“During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both individuals. She was not within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said. “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.”
Kamala Harris Interacted with Joe Biden That Same Day
After being in contact with Harris, Dillon said both individuals attended “personal, non-campaign events in the past week.”
Before they are allowed back to work with the campaign, Dillon said both individuals must test negative for the virus. Dillion also highlighted the campaign’s social distancing and health protocols. For instance, the Biden campaign has regular testing, isolation after time off and requires facial coverings when performing “campaign duties.”
According to AP News, Harris and presidential candidate Joe Biden spent several hours campaigning together on Oct. 8. They attended private meetings and a joint appearance with the press together. The outlet reported both wore facial coverings and have tested negative for the virus since then.