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Kamala Harris halts travel after flying with two who tested positive for Covid

Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris on Thursday abruptly canceled her travel for the coming few days after two people associated with the Biden-Harris election campaign tested positive for coronavirus.



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The news came as the two men vying for the White House in the 3 November election, incumbent Republican Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden, were set to take part in separate but simultaneous town hall events to face voters’ questions on Thursday night – after their face-to-face debate was canceled when the president caught coronavirus.



Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, on 8 October.


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Kamala Harris in Phoenix, Arizona, on 8 October.

Trump embarked on a frantic day of in-person campaigning on Thursday prior to the town hall evening event, and has fallen behind in the polls with less than three weeks to go, while Biden was set for a low-key day of online fundraising before his dueling event.

Then in the morning it emerged that Harris had been on a flight this week with both individuals two days before their positive Covid-19 tests. The individuals were Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a “non-staff flight crew member”.

Because Harris and these contacts wore medical-grade N95 face masks during the flight and the infected individuals were not within 6ft of the vice-presidential nominee for more than 15 minutes, they do not meet the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) definition of “close contact”.

For that reason, Harris does not meet full quarantine criteria, which would normally require an individual to be in isolation for two weeks.

But “out of an abundance of caution” the campaign canceled her normal schedule of events through Sunday, while promising a “robust and aggressive” round of online campaigning intended to reach far and wide.

The individuals who tested positive were not in contact with Biden, the campaign noted. But the uncertainty created and the hiatus in in-person events for Harris was an undoubted blow to the Democratic election campaign with less than three weeks before polling day.

The Harris campaign put out a statement saying the news of the positive tests came in late on Wednesday.

It added that the California senator and vice-presidential candidate intended to return to in-person campaigning on Monday.

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The campaign said that Harris last tested negative for coronavirus on Wednesday and she will be tested again.

Meanwhile, since returning from a short stay in hospital earlier this month after contracting coronavirus, Trump had hit the trail again with

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Sen. Kamala Harris Halts Campaign Travel After Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19

Not today, Satan.

I see what you are trying to do and I rebuke you in the name of our Lord and savior, Robyn Rihanna Fenty.

California Sen. Kamala Harris, Joe Biden’s running mate to take down the beasts from Lovecraft Country that inhabit the White House, has halted campaign travel after two people—a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen—tested positive for coronavirus.

CNN notes that Harris was not in close contact with either person but that doesn’t mean that she isn’t being cautious, and rightfully so. Not to overplay the importance of her election, but the fate of the world depends on Harris and Biden staying healthy enough to beat white nationalist Thanos. The movie doesn’t work if Tony Stark gets a fever and the chills and needs to lay down and self-isolate for 14 days. Harris was supposed to head to North Carolina on Thursday but that has been postponed, and she’s expected to stay off the travel trail until Monday.

“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,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.

“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 said. “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.”

O’Malley Dillon also noted that since Oct. 8, Harris has taken two PCR tests for coronavirus and has tested negative.

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Kamala Harris halts travel amid campaign after staffer tests positive for COVID

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s campaign halted Sen. Kamala Harris’ travel on the campaign trail this week after the running mate’s communications director tested positive for coronavirus, news outlets reported.

The announcement was made after two people, a flight crew member and communications director Liz Allen, contracted COVID-19, CNN reported.

Harris was not in close contact with either individual, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon told the news outlet in a statement.

After spending time with Harris, both individuals attended “personal, non-campaign” events in the past week, O’Malley Dillon said. They were then required by the campaign to be tested before returning to work, CNN reported.

“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 said, according to CNN.

O’Malley Dillon added that Harris has taken two tests for COVID-19 since Oct. 8 and has tested negative, the news outlet reported.

The flight crew employee and Allen’s positive test results still forced Harris to cancel her planned trip to North Carolina on Thursday, according to CNN. The Democratic vice presidential candidate will remain off the campaign trail until Monday.

The news from the Biden campaign comes as the Trump administration was rattled by a slew of positive coronavirus cases earlier this month, with Republican President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania Trump and several other in the White House contracting the viral respiratory infection.

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Biden campaign halts running mate’s travel after two people in campaign’s orbit test positive for coronavirus

Joe Biden’s campaign is halting the travel of his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris, through this weekend after two people — a flight crew member and Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen — tested positive for coronavirus.



Kamala Harris looking at the camera: Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA.), delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Harris discussed President Donald Trump's failure to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and protect working families from the economic fallout prior to the last night of the Republican National Convention.


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Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA.), delivers remarks during a campaign event on August 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. Harris discussed President Donald Trump’s failure to handle the COVID-19 pandemic and protect working families from the economic fallout prior to the last night of the Republican National Convention.

Harris was not in what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define as close contact with either person, Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. Still, Harris’ planned trip to North Carolina on Thursday was scrapped, and she will remain off the road until Monday, she said.

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“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 said.

“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 said. “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 tests for coronavirus since October 8, including a test Wednesday, and has tested negative, O’Malley Dillon said.

The Biden campaign’s immediate disclosure of the positive results was in stark contrast with how Trump’s campaign and White House have handled positive coronavirus tests from Trump himself as well as top campaign officials and aides. Trump’s White House still has not disclosed when Trump had most recently tested negative for coronavirus prior to his positive test.

The two people were 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 said.

Before and after the flight, both Allen and the flight crew member tested negative, and all other staffers on the flight have tested negative, she said.

O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign has begun the process of contact tracing “to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window.”

Biden’s campaign also scrapped the plans of Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, to travel to Minnesota, where he’d planned to campaign with Jill Biden, on Thursday. But because he had not been in contact with either person, the campaign said, he will

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