Harris cancels travel through Sunday after 3 associated with campaign contract COVID-19

Coronavirus in the 2020 Elections
Harris cancels travel through Sunday after 2 associated with campaign contract COVID-19

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., before a ceremony to honor Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as she lies in state at National Statuary Hall in the U.S. Capitol on Friday, Sept. 25, 2020. Ginsburg died at the age of 87 on Sept. 18 and is the first women to lie in state at the Capitol. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

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Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris said Thursday that she would suspend in-person campaigning until Oct. 19 after she encountered two people who have contracted COVID-19.

According to a statement from Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, a “non-staff flight crew member” and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen, both tested positive for the virus on Wednesday.

The Biden campaign said that during its contact tracing, a member of the company that charters Joe Biden’s airplane tested positive for the coronavirus. The Biden campaign said that the crew member was at least 50 feet away from Biden at all times, and Biden wears an N95 mask during flights. The Biden campaign does not plan on altering his schedule.

According to the campaign, Harris was “not in close contact, as defined by the CDC,” with either person.

While she does not need to quarantine by CDC guidelines, the campaign has canceled her travel through Sunday “out of an abundance of caution.”

The campaign added that those who tested positive have not had any contact with Biden campaign staffers since thier diagnosis.

Harris took PCR COVID-19 tests on Oct. 8 and Oct. 14, both of which have come back negative.

Harris was scheduled to campaign in North Carolina on Thursday.

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