Harris was not in what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as close contact with anyone, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dylan said in a statement. However, Harris’s planned trip to North Carolina on Thursday was suspended and she will remain off the road until Monday, she said.
“None of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or other officials since testing positively or within 48 hours of positive test results,” O’Malley Dylan said.
“After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal events without a campaign in the past week. According to our campaign’s strict health protocols, both had to be tested before returning to work with the campaign from these personal events,”
Harris has taken two PCR tests for coronavirus since Oct. 8, including a test Wednesday, and is negative, O’Malley Dylan said.
The immediate revelation of the positive results of Biden’s campaign was in stark contrast to how the Trump campaign and the White House coped with positive coronavirus tests from Trump himself, as well as from senior officials and campaign aides. Trump’s White House has not yet revealed when Trump recently took a negative coronavirus test before his positive test.
They were on a flight with Harris on October 8, a day after her debate with Vice President Mike Pence.
“During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both. It was within 6 feet of more than 15 minutes with either of them,” O’Malley Dylan said.
Before and after the flight, both Alan and the flight crew member received negative results, and all other employees on the flight gave negative results, she said.
O’Malley Dylan said Biden’s campaign had begun a process of tracking contacts “to notify anyone who came in contact with people during the potential window of infection.”
Biden’s campaign also canceled plans for Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, to travel to Minnesota, where he planned to campaign with Jill Biden, on Thursday. But since he has not been in contact with any person, the campaign said, he will return to the personal campaign on Friday.
On Wednesday, Harris said “we were very safe” in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Madow when asked if she felt safe in the campaign during the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris laughed when he admitted that Trump was mocking Biden’s campaign to wear 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, listen and be there,” Harris said. “I think it’s important to be where people are, but to do it in a way that doesn’t put them at any risk in terms of their safety. And that’s why we’re developing it. It’s definitely a different kind of campaign than anything we’ve done it before, but we’re doing our best. “
This story has been updated with additional information about the campaign’s decision to stop Harris’ trip.