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 a press release. 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 folks have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or another staffers since testing optimistic or within the 48 hours previous to their optimistic take a look at outcomes,” O’Malley Dillon mentioned.
“After being with Senator Harris, each people attended private, non-campaign occasions prior to now week. Below 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 defend the marketing campaign, the employees, and anybody who they might have contact with; the significance of getting such protocols — which embrace testing earlier than resuming duties, common testing whereas working in-person, isolation after break day, and masking and distancing whereas on marketing campaign duties — have been illustrated as soon as once more.”
Harris has taken two PCR exams for coronavirus since October 8, together with a take a look at Wednesday, and has examined detrimental, O’Malley Dillon mentioned.
The Biden marketing campaign’s speedy disclosure of the optimistic outcomes was in stark distinction with how Trump’s marketing campaign and White Home have dealt with optimistic coronavirus exams from Trump himself in addition to high marketing campaign officers and aides. Trump’s White Home nonetheless has not disclosed when Trump had most lately examined detrimental for coronavirus previous to his optimistic take a look at.
The 2 folks 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 ft for greater than quarter-hour with both of them,” O’Malley Dillon mentioned.
Earlier than and after the flight, each Allen and the flight crew member examined detrimental, and all different staffers on the flight have examined detrimental, 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 throughout 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 in touch with both individual, the marketing campaign mentioned, he’ll return to in-person campaigning on Friday.
On Wednesday, Harris mentioned “we have been very secure” in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow when requested if she feels secure campaigning throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris laughed when she acknowledged that Trump makes enjoyable of the Biden marketing campaign for carrying masks.
“I would prefer to hug folks. You do not hug folks as of late. That is not an choice. You’ll be able to’t shake arms. However you may look folks within the eye, and you’ll hear, and you’ll be there,” Harris mentioned. “I believe it is vital to be the place the individuals are however to do it in a approach 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 undoubtedly a distinct sort 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 extra data relating to the marketing campaign’s resolution to halt Harris’ journey.
CNN’s Jasmine Wright contributed this report.