A employees member for the constitution firm that flies Biden additionally examined positive Thursday, his campaign stated, however Biden’s travel schedule is just not altering as a result of the previous vp didn’t come inside 50 ft of the particular person.
Harris was not in what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention outline as shut contact with both particular person, Biden campaign supervisor Jen O’Malley Dillon stated in a press release. Still, Harris’ deliberate journey to North Carolina on Thursday was scrapped, and she’s going to stay off the highway till Monday, she stated.
“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,” O’Malley Dillon stated.
“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,” she stated. “These protocols help protect the campaign, the staff, and anyone who they may have contact with; the importance of having such protocols — which include testing before resuming duties, regular testing while working in-person, isolation after time off, and masking and distancing while on campaign duties — have been illustrated once again.”
Harris has taken two PCR assessments for coronavirus since October 8, together with a test Wednesday, and has examined detrimental, O’Malley Dillon stated.
The Biden campaign’s instant disclosure of the positive outcomes was in stark distinction with how President Donald Trump’s campaign and the White House have dealt with positive coronavirus assessments from Trump himself in addition to high campaign officers and aides. Trump’s White House nonetheless has not disclosed when the President had most not too long ago examined detrimental for coronavirus previous to his positive test.
“My response is, with due respect and being polite, that he’s just incorrect,” Harris instructed CNN’s Don Lemon on “CNN Tonight.”
“And the reality of it is that, first of all, his approach to this issue is something the American public are suffering from.”
The two people had been with Harris on a flight on October 8, the day after her debate with Vice President Mike Pence.
“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,” O’Malley Dillon stated.
Before and after the flight, each Allen and the flight crew member examined detrimental, and all different staffers on the flight have examined detrimental, she stated.
O’Malley Dillon stated the Biden campaign has begun the method of contact tracing “to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window.”
Biden’s campaign additionally scrapped the plans of Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, to travel to Minnesota, the place he’d deliberate to campaign with Jill Biden, on Thursday. But as a result of he had not been in contact with both particular person, the campaign stated, he’ll return to in-person campaigning on Friday.
Hours after asserting the change to Harris’ schedule, Biden’s campaign stated it had realized — by means of the method of contact tracing following the Harris flight crew member who examined positive — that an administrative staffer for the constitution flight firm that flies Biden additionally examined positive.
The particular person traveled on Biden’s aircraft on Monday and Tuesday. But, O’Malley Dillon stated in a press release, the particular person was in the final row of the Boeing 737 airplane, greater than 50 ft from Biden on every flight. The two used completely different entrances and each the particular person and Biden wore masks in the course of the flights, she stated. Because of that, O’Malley Dillon stated, Biden won’t change his schedule.
“As we announced earlier today, Senator Harris’ contact with the crew member on her flight, and her staffer, were so incidental that she is not required to quarantine. Nonetheless, we postponed her travel plans out of an abundance of caution given even this incidental contact,” she stated. “Given that the Vice President had no physical proximity at all with this administrative crew member, and that his plane is larger than Sen. Harris’ plane, and the distance from the individual is significant (over 50 feet), there is no reason to even undertake such a caution.”
On Wednesday, Harris stated “we’ve been very safe” in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow when requested if she feels protected campaigning in the course of the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris laughed when she acknowledged that Trump makes enjoyable of the Biden campaign for sporting masks.
“I’d like to hug people. You don’t hug people these days. That’s not an option. You can’t shake hands. But you can look people in the eye, and you can listen, and you can be there,” Harris stated. “I think it’s important to be where the people are but to do it in a way that does not cause them to be at any risk in terms of their safety. And so we’re working it out. It’s definitely a different kind of campaign than anything that we’ve done before, but we’re making the best of it.”
This story has been up to date with extra developments on Thursday.
CNN’s Jasmine Wright and Paul LeBlanc contributed this report.