Harris did not define the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as being close to anyone, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. However, Harris’ planned trip to North Carolina on Thursday was canceled, and she will be off the road until Monday.
“None of these people have been in contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or other staff since they tested positive or within 48 hours of their positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said.
“After being with Senator Harris, the two attended personal, non-public events last week. According to our campaign’s strict health protocols, two people had to be tested before returning to their work with publicity from these personal events,” she said. . “These protocols help protect the campaign, staff and anyone they come in contact with; the importance of having such protocols – tests before resuming work, routine testing in person, isolation after time and when away from masking and promotional duties – is once again explained.”
Harris has taken two PCR tests for coronavirus since Oct. 8, including one test Wednesday, O’Malley Dillon said.
The Biden campaign immediately revealed positive results from the Trump campaign and how the White House conducted positive coronavirus tests from Trump and top campaign officials and aides. The White House has yet to reveal when Trump tested negative for coronavirus before his positive test.
The two men were on board the plane with Harris on October 8, the day after he discussed it with Vice President Mike Pence.
“During the flight, Senator Harris wore the N95 mask like both of them. She was no more than 15 minutes within 6 feet,” O’Malley Dillon said.
Before and after the flight, both Allen and the flight crew were tested negative, and all other crew on board were negative tested, she said.
O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign began the contact tracing process, “to inform everyone who came in contact with people in the potential window of infection.”
Biden’s campaign also canceled plans for Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff to travel to Minnesota, where he was scheduled to campaign with Jill Biden on Thursday. Since he has nothing to do with the two, he will return to the campaign in person on Friday.
When asked if the coronavirus was spreading safely during the epidemic, Harris said Wednesday in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddox that “we are very safe.”
Harris laughed when he admitted that Trump would make fun of the Biden campaign for wearing masks.
“I want to hug people. You do not hug people these days. It’s not an option. You can not shake hands. But you can see people to the eye, and you can hear and you can be there,” Harris said. “I think where people are is very important, but in a way that does not endanger them in terms of their safety. So we’re working on this. It’s definitely a different kind of campaign than we’ve done before, but we’re doing it better.”
The story was updated with additional information regarding the campaign decision to halt Harris’ journey.
CNN’s Jasmine Wright provided the report.
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