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Kamala Harris suspends campaign travel after aide, crew member test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.

The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also canceled travel Thursday, but plans to resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris and Emhoff both tested negative Thursday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday.

Harris, 55, last flew with the two on Oct. 8, the day after she debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Several people who work in the White House or were in proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @talkopan

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Harris suspends campaign travel after aide, crew member test positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.



a person taking a selfie: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane last month in Raleigh, N.C.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane last month in Raleigh, N.C.


The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, also canceled travel Thursday, but plans to resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris and Emhoff both tested negative Thursday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday.

Harris, 55, last flew with the two on Oct. 8, the day after she debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Several people who work in the White House or were in proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

Tal Kopan is The San Francisco Chronicle’s Washington correspondent. Email: tal.kopan@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @talkopan

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Kamala Harris suspends travel after two associated with campaign test positive for COVID-19

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, will suspend in-person events until Monday after two people associated with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus.

Joe Biden’s presidential campaign said Thursday that Biden had no exposure, though he and Harris spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8, when the two people were on a flight with Harris. Both candidates have tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times since then, and Biden’s campaign said he tested negative again on Thursday.

It’s the Biden campaign’s first major coronavirus scare, after months of careful health procedures that brought mockery from President Donald Trump, even after a White House virus outbreak that included the president and first lady Melania Trump. The Democratic campaign’s cautious reaction underscores again the differences in how the rival camps have approached the pandemic, both in terms of preferred government response and the candidates’ personal protocols.

The travel suspension interrupts the Biden campaign’s aggressive push across a wide battleground map, including North Carolina and Ohio, the next two states Harris was scheduled to visit.

The campaign sees Harris, the first Black woman on a major party presidential ticket, as a key part of its outreach in North Carolina, where increasing Black turnout is key to the Democrats’ hopes of flipping the state. She had been scheduled to travel to the state Thursday for events encouraging voters to cast early ballots.

Her Friday trip to Cleveland would have been her first to Ohio as the vice presidential nominee and would have taken her into the metropolitan area with the state’s largest concentration of Black voters.

The senator’s brief hiatus from the trail comes as Trump ramps up his own travel again after he, the first lady and several White House staffers contracted the virus.

The Biden campaign told reporters Thursday morning that Harris’ communications director, Liz Allen, and a flight crew member tested positive after the recent campaign trip to the southwest. Campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said both tested negative before and after Harris’ travels. Their positive results came in subsequent tests.

“Neither of these individuals had any contact with Vice President Biden, with Sen. Harris or any other staff member since testing positive or in the 48-hour period prior to their positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said, adding that under CDC guidelines there was no need for quarantining.

But O’Malley Dillon said Harris would suspend travel for several days “out of an abundance of caution.”

The campaign also is canceling upcoming travel for Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband.

Harris followed up in a statement saying that “both the crew member and the staff member were wearing N95 masks at all points they were near me, and our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines.”

She also pledged to be “transparent with you about any test results that I do receive. In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the

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Biden campaign finds 3rd virus link; Harris suspends travel

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — At least three people connected to Joe Biden’s presidential campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus, leading the campaign to suspend in-person events for vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris through Monday.

Biden is not altering his public schedule, his campaign said Thursday, because he had no direct exposure to the individuals who tested positive, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It’s the Biden campaign’s first major coronavirus scare, after months of safety precautions that drew mockery from President Donald Trump, even after he, first lady Melania Trump and others contracted the virus themselves. The Democratic campaign’s cautious reaction underscores the differences in how the rival camps have approached the pandemic, both in terms of preferred government response and in the candidates’ personal protocols.

Biden’s campaign announced two positive cases Thursday morning, identifying Harris’ communications director Liz Allen and an unnamed member of the flight crew for one of Harris’ recent campaign trips. The campaign announced a third case Thursday afternoon as part of its contact tracing efforts from the first two cases.

The third individual is an aviation company employee who was on Biden’s plane for trips to Ohio and Florida earlier this week but who entered the back of the plane and sat far away from Biden, according to the campaign.


Harris and Biden, meanwhile, spent several hours campaigning together in Arizona on Oct. 8, when the first two people who tested positive were on a flight with Harris. Both candidates have tested negative for the coronavirus multiple times since then, including on Thursday. Everyone on the Biden campaign plane is required to wear a mask.

Trump, speaking without a mask at a crowded outdoor rally in North Carolina on Thursday afternoon, offered his best wishes to Harris and reiterated his skepticism of wearing masks.

“We worry about her. I’m very concerned about her,” he said, later adding: “Masks, no masks, everything, you can do all you want, but you know, you still need help.”

The travel suspension interrupts the Biden campaign’s aggressive push across a wide battleground map, including North Carolina and Ohio, with less than three weeks to go until Election Day.

Harris was set to encourage early voting Thursday in North Carolina. Her Friday trip to Cleveland would have been her first to Ohio as the vice presidential nominee and would have taken her into the metropolitan area with the state’s largest concentration of Black voters.

Harris will continue virtual campaigning, including fundraisers previously scheduled for Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

The senator’s brief hiatus from the trail comes as Trump ramps up his own travel after he, the first lady, his campaign manager and several White House staffers contracted the virus.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon told reporters Thursday morning that under CDC guidelines, there was no need for the candidates to quarantine, although she said Harris and her husband, Doug Emhoff, would suspend travel for several days “out of an abundance of caution.”

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Harris suspends campaign travel after aide tests positive for coronavirus

WASHINGTON — California Sen. Kamala Harris has suspended her campaign travel through Sunday after two members of her staff and crew tested positive for the coronavirus, her campaign said Thursday.



a person taking a selfie: Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane Sept. 28 in Raleigh, N.C.


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Democratic vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., exits a plane Sept. 28 in Raleigh, N.C.


The Democratic vice presidential nominee’s communications director, Liz Allen, and a member of her campaign flight crew tested positive, the campaign said in a statement. Neither has been in close contact with Harris in recent days, the campaign said. The statement did not give the condition of either person.

Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, will also cancel travel Thursday, but will resume his schedule Friday, as he has had no contact with either Allen or the unnamed crew member, the campaign said.

Harris has been off the campaign trail this week for the Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Judge Amy Coney Barrett. Harris opted to participate remotely from her Senate office for the Judiciary Committee hearings after two Republican members of the panel tested positive for the virus.

Harris joined other Democrats in asking committee Chairman Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to require testing for senators and staffers before lawmakers conducted the hearings in person. Graham refused.

Harris is not expected to return to her Senate office, a spokesman said. Campaign aides and Capitol Hill staffers are separate by law, and Harris’ Senate employees have been working remotely.

In its statement announcing the positive test results, the campaign detailed every negative test result Harris has had since Oct. 8. The most recent was Wednesday, the campaign said. Allen and the crew member both tested positive late Wednesday, the campaign said.

Harris last flew with Allen and the crew member on Oct. 8, the day after Harris debated Vice President Mike Pence in Salt Lake City. All wore N95 masks on the flight, her campaign said. Harris intends to resume campaign travel Monday.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, at 77, is at higher risk for serious complications from the coronavirus, and the campaign has implemented rigorous testing and precautionary procedures. Those were amplified after President Trump reported a little over 48 hours after the first presidential debate Sept. 29 that he had tested positive. Trump, 74, was hospitalized for four days with COVID-19 but has since recovered. Several people who work in the White House or were in close proximity to the president also tested positive.

The White House has been uncommunicative about what kind of contact tracing it has done. The Biden campaign said it would conduct contact tracing for Allen and the crew member.

The Biden campaign’s level of disclosure and detail on the test results in Harris’ camp were in contrast with the approach taken by the White House, which has refused to say when Trump last tested negative before his positive result. The refusal makes it impossible to know whether Trump complied with the independent body that oversees presidential debates’ requirement that candidates test negative

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Kamala Harris suspends travel after team members test positive for COVID-19

Sen. Kamala Harris will not return to in-person campaigning until Monday after her communications director tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night.



Kamala Harris standing in front of a mirror posing for the camera: Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Oct. 13, 2020.


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Sen. Kamala Harris speaks during the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Oct. 13, 2020.

Liz Allen’s positive test came back late Wednesday night, after Allen attended personal, non-campaign events, according to the campaign. A non-campaign flight crew member also tested positive for coronavirus.

Allen traveled with Harris to Arizona last Thursday and was with Harris for nearly a week in Salt Lake City for the vice-presidential debate. The campaign says it is temporarily suspending Harris’ travel out of “an abundance of caution.” Harris last tested negative for COVID-19 Wednesday and will be tested again Thursday.

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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,” said Biden Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon in a statement.

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Harris had a robust travel schedule planned for the next few days. She was slated to travel Thursday to Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, for the state’s first day of early voting. She was also expected to travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania this weekend.

Biden’s schedule will go on uninterrupted, according to O’Malley Dillion, because he was not in direct contact with either of the staffers who tested positive as defined by the CDC.

While Allen was present during Biden’s joint event with Harris in Arizona, the campaign announced Thursday that he has tested negative for COVID-19, the eighth time the campaign has released negative test results for the former vice president.

Biden’s schedule Thursday includes a virtual fundraiser and the ABC Town Hall. 

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When pressed on whether the campaign can continue a robust travel schedule given the rising rates of COVID-19 across the country, including in key battleground states like Wisconsin, the campaign says there is an ongoing discussion about the safety of travel in the final 19 days of the campaign. 

“We’re confident that we have the process and protocols in place to be able to do that safely as we’ve had throughout. But we’re also very mindful, you know, as we see this uptick in COVID, that safety is the most important element of what we’re doing and ensuring that nobody’s in harm’s way, and we’ll continue to do that,” O’Malley Dillon said.

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Kamala Harris suspends travel through weekend after 2 test positive for COVID-19

Oct. 15 (UPI) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris’ travel plans through the weekend have been suspended after two people close to the campaign tested positive for COVID-19, officials said Thursday.

Those who tested positive were Harris’ Communications Director Liz Allen and a member of her flight crew. As a result, a planned trip to North Carolina Thursday was called off as a safety precaution.

Jen O’Malley Dillon, campaign manager for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, said Harris will not travel until at least Monday. In the meantime, she will participate in virtual campaign activities.

Neither Allen nor the flight crew member have had contact with Biden, Harris or any other staffers since testing positive — or in the 48 hours prior to the diagnoses, O’Malley Dillion said.

Allen and the flight crew member had attended personal, non-campaign events since they were last near Harris and were tested before they returned to work.

O’Malley Dillon said Harris tested negative on Monday and Wednesday.

“From the outset of this pandemic, the Biden-Harris campaign has taken every precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19,” she said. “Today’s exceedingly cautious steps are part of that commitment.”

Travel for Harris’ husband, Doug Emhoff, has also been suspended. He had planned to visit Minnesota Thursday, where he was set to campaign with Jill Biden.

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Kamala Harris Suspends Travel After Staffer Contracts Covid-19: Campaign

US presidential candidate Joe Biden’s running mate Kamala Harris suspended travel Thursday after her communications director tested positive for Covid-19, the campaign said, adding that Harris had not come into “close contact” with the staffer.

A non-staff flight crew member also tested positive, campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.

Harris did not need to quarantine, O’Malley Dillon added, but “out of an abundance of caution” would cancel travel and campaign virtually before hitting the road again on October 19.

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has had two negative PCR tests since flying with the staffer, her campaign said Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has had two negative PCR tests since flying with the staffer, her campaign said Photo: AFP / Ronda Churchill

Both individuals flew with the Democratic senator on October 8. All three were masked, O’Malley Dillon said.

Harris has conducted two PCR tests since then, both negative, the Democratic campaign said, and she had not been in contact with either individual for 48 hours before they tested positive.

The announcement is the latest blip in a presidential campaign that has been upended by the coronavirus pandemic, and comes two weeks to the day after President Donald Trump tested positive for the disease.

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Harris suspends travel after two in her orbit test positive for virus

Harris has not been in close contact recently with either communications director Liz Allen or the other person who tested positive, a flight crew member who is not a campaign staff member, aides said.

Former vice president Joe Biden, the Democratic presidential nominee, also has not been in contact with those affected, according to a statement from campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon. Biden is proceeding with a televised town hall event in Pennsylvania on Thursday night as planned.

“Out of an abundance of caution and in line with our campaign’s commitment to the highest levels of precaution, we are canceling Senator Harris’s travel through Sunday,” O’Malley Dillon said, but “she will keep a robust and aggressive schedule of virtual campaign activities to reach voters all across the country during this time.”

The announcement was the latest development to jolt already unprecedented campaign, as the Democratic running mate will now join President Trump in having been sidelined from the campaign trail for at least a short period during the final stretch of the race.

The results could muddy the Biden campaign’s message that Trump’s recent coronavirus infection, along with that of several people in his close orbit, is a direct result of his reckless disregard for public health recommendations.

But the Biden campaign was at pains Thursday to draw a distinction between its behavior and that of Trump and his team. The Biden campaign immediately revealed who tested positive and when, disclosed details of Harris’s last negative test and immediately announced contact tracing — all at variance from the approach of the White House after Trump’s diagnosis.

“This is the sort of conduct we have continuously modeled in this campaign,” O’Malley Dillon said, regarding the suspension of Harris’s travel.

Harris had been scheduled for a trip to North Carolina on Thursday, Ohio on Friday, Pennsylvania on Saturday and Texas on Sunday — the start of an all-out travel blitz for the vice-presidential nominee who previously was traveling sporadically since joining the ticket in August. As of midmorning, Harris was still scheduled to participate in two virtual fundraising events Thursday afternoon.

“I will be transparent with you about any test results that I do receive,” the senator tweeted. “In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the spread.”

The campaign’s statement said Allen and a nonstaff flight crew member took time off to attend personal events in the past week, and were tested before returning to work, in accordance with campaign policy.

It also said both were on a flight with Harris last Thursday, a day she spent campaigning with Biden in Arizona. The campaign said that Harris and the two people wore N95 masks on that flight, and that “she was not within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them.”

“As such, she does not meet the CDC definition of ‘close contact’ for exposure,” O’Malley Dillon wrote. Both people tested negative directly before and after

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Kamala Harris suspends travel after 2 associated with campaign test positive for COVID-19

Her communications director and a “non-staff flight crew member” are positive.

Sen. Kamala Harris will not return to in-person campaigning until Monday after her communications director tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday night.

Liz Allen’s positive test came back late Wednesday night, after Allen attended personal, non-campaign events, according to the campaign. A non-campaign flight crew member also tested positive for coronavirus.

Allen traveled with Harris to Arizona last Thursday and was with Harris for nearly a week in Salt Lake City for the vice-presidential debate. The campaign says it is temporarily suspending Harris’ travel out of “an abundance of caution.” Harris last tested negative for COVID-19 Wednesday and will be tested again Thursday.

“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,” said Biden Campaign Manager Jen O’Malley Dillon in a statement.

Harris had a robust travel schedule planned for the next few days. She was slated to travel Thursday to Asheville and Charlotte, North Carolina, for the state’s first day of early voting. She was also expected to travel to Ohio and Pennsylvania this weekend.

Biden’s schedule will go on uninterrupted, according to O’Malley Dillion, because he was not in direct contact with either of the staffers who tested positive as defined by the CDC. Allen, however, was present during Biden’s joint event with Harris in Arizona.

The campaign has announced two negative COVID-19 tests for Biden since he traveled to Phoenix with Harris: One on Saturday when he traveled to Erie, Pennsylvania, and one on Monday when the former vice president traveled to Ohio.

Biden’s schedule Thursday includes a virtual fundraiser and the ABC Town Hall.

When pressed on whether the campaign can continue a robust travel schedule given the rising rates of COVID-19 across the country, including in key battleground states like Wisconsin, the campaign says there is an ongoing discussion about the safety of travel in the final 19 days of the campaign.

“We’re confident that we have the process and protocols in place to be able to do that safely as we’ve had throughout. But we’re also very mindful, you know, as we see this uptick in COVID, that safety is the most important element of what we’re doing and ensuring that nobody’s in harm’s way, and we’ll continue to do that,” O’Malley Dillon said.

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