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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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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 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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Trump, Biden to Have Dueling Town Halls, as Harris Cancels Campaign Travel

President Trump and Joe Biden were set to face off in dueling town halls Thursday, and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris canceled campaign travel after an aide tested positive for coronavirus.

As the pandemic continues to rattle the campaign, Ms. Harris suspended all campaign travel through Sunday “out of an abundance of caution,” said Mr. Biden’s campaign manager, Jen O’Malley Dillon. The decision was made after Ms. Harris’s communications director and a non-staff flight crew member tested positive for the virus.

Mr. Biden’s campaign said Ms. Harris was not in close contact with either individual during the two days prior to the positive tests. Ms. O’Malley Dillon said Ms. Harris had twice tested negative for coronavirus since Oct. 8, with her most recent negative test on Wednesday, and was scheduled to be tested again Thursday.

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Earlier this month, Mr. Trump was hospitalized after he and several White House and campaign aides tested positive for the virus. Mr. Trump’s physician said in a memo released Monday that he had tested negative on consecutive days.

Mr. Trump’s diagnosis prompted the organizers of the second presidential debate, initially scheduled for Thursday, to change the format to a virtual event. The debate was canceled after the president said he would not participate unless it was held in person.

Mr. Biden instead signed up for a town hall on Thursday evening hosted by ABC News. Days later, NBC News announced it had scheduled a competing town hall with Mr. Trump.

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An NBC News spokesman said it programmed Mr. Trump’s town hall opposite Mr. Biden’s because it had given the same slot to the Democratic nominee in a previous town hall and wanted to keep all things equal. But the network has faced both public and internal backlash over its decision, with critics saying the move forced viewers to choose between the two candidates.

Mr. Biden will field questions from voters in Philadelphia, while Mr. Trump will do the same in Miami. Both ABC and NBC said their town halls will follow local public-health guidelines.

A final debate between the two candidates is still expected to take place on Oct. 22 in Nashville, Tenn.

With less than three weeks remaining until the election, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll of registered voters found Mr. Biden leading Mr. Trump by 11 points nationally. Recent surveys also show Mr. Biden ahead in several battleground states.

Mr. Trump returned to the campaign trail this week with rallies in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Iowa, while Mr. Biden traveled to Ohio and Florida. The final sprint comes as millions of Americans have already cast their ballots in early voting.

Ms. Harris had been scheduled to

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How A Global Travel Community Aims To Help The Travel Industry Become Less Racist

Following the murders of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor (among countless others), people around the world marched in Black Lives Matter protests and demanded change. Individuals considered what ways they benefit from racism and how they could shift that power to the oppressed. Brands and businesses evaluated how they could not only promote diversity but act in actively anti-racist ways.

And the travel industry is one which needs to take a long, hard look at itself.

“From when people first started traveling, a lot of it was colonialism,” said Beth Santos, Founder and CEO of Wanderful, a global community of female travelers. “That’s something we don’t talk about enough in travel. It’s not just the great things about connecting with other cultures and places, but there’s also an underlying history of a place and a real exploitation that’s happening even today, especially among Black, Indigenous and people of color.”

Later this week, Wanderful is hosting part two in a series of anti-racism talks created by Karisma Shackelford, Director of Wanderful Creators. The discussion, An Anti-Racism Town Hall for the Travel Industry, is open to travelers, creators and those in the tourism industry, and its aim is to re-check the pulse of the work that’s happened and the work that’s yet to be done.

“At the last event, we had some very uncomfortable conversations,” admitted Karisma. “For the first time, people had to deal with identifying the things that they may not even have realized they were doing, but those things were racist.”

While these discussions aren’t easy to have, they’re necessary. The United States is more diverse than ever, and Karisma pointed out that in the younger generation non-white children are the majority in many US states. These Moving Forward town halls give the travel industry the chance to learn from missteps and create a better future for travelers and locals alike.

Wanderful published their key takeaways from the first event, and the second installment intends to check back in and reassess goals.

“Committing to anti-racism and social justice isn’t something that you do one time,” Beth added. “You don’t attend one event and then it’s like, ‘Check the box, I’m done.’ This is something to think about every day of your life.”

While Wanderful is geared towards those in the travel industry, such as tour operators and bloggers, anyone who loves travel and wants to be a better traveler can attend—and in fact, they encourage it.

“They’ll walk away with empowerment,” Karisma said. “It’s important travelers know how much power they actually hold when it comes to decisions that are

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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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Harris cancels travel after Biden campaign announces positive Covid tests

Sen. Kamala Harris has canceled all campaign travel through this weekend “out of an abundance of caution” after a flight crew member and her communications director tested positive for coronavirus, the Biden campaign announced Thursday.

Harris, the Democratic vice presidential nominee, has tested negative for coronavirus twice over the past week, Biden’s campaign said.

“Senator Harris was not in close contact, as defined by the CDC, with either of these individuals during the two days prior to their positive tests; as such, there is no requirement for quarantine,” Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement.

Neither of the individuals who tested positive had contact with Harris or former Vice President Joe Biden “or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said.

In a series of tweets, Harris said that she was not experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, pledging that she “will 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 spread,” she added.

Harris was previously set to campaign in North Carolina on Thursday, traveling to Charlotte and Asheville to mark the beginning of early voting in the key battleground state.

On Friday, the senator was scheduled to travel to Cleveland.

In an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Wednesday night, Harris said she would also be in Pennsylvania over the weekend and teased a campaign trip to Texas as well.

She had been off the trail this week as she participated in the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, though Harris appeared virtually for each of the hearing’s first three days.

Both the flight crew member, who is not a part of the Biden campaign, and Harris’ communications director Liz Allen had attended personal events not related to the campaign in the past week, according to O’Malley Dillon. As part of the campaign’s health protocols, both were required to be tested before returning to work with the campaign.

Prior to that, both of those who tested positive were last on a flight with Harris on Oct. 8. Both the flight crew member and Allen, as well as Harris, wore an N-95 mask, and Harris was never within six feet of either for longer than 15 minutes, the campaign said.

The campaign is also postponing campaign travel for Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff, though he had no contact with either Allen or the flight crew member. He will return to the trail on Friday.

The two cases tied to the Biden campaign come after President Donald Trump announced he was diagnosed with coronavirus earlier this month amid a larger outbreak that spread throughout the White House, infected his reelection campaign manager and other allies as the campaign entered its critical final weeks.

The Biden campaign has repeatedly sought to contrast its internal health protocols and the precautions

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Kamala Harris Cancels Travel After Two on Her Plane Get Covid-19

(Bloomberg) — Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has canceled her travel until Monday after her communications director and a member of her flight crew tested positive for Covid-19, the Biden campaign said Thursday.



Kamala Harris holding a cell phone: Kamala Harris speaks during the U.S. vice presidential debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 7.


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Kamala Harris speaks during the U.S. vice presidential debate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah on Oct. 7.

The campaign said the California senator was not in “close contact” with communications director Liz Allen or the crew member in the days before they tested positive, but her travel would be paused “out of an abundance of caution.” Neither infected person was in contact with presidential nominee Joe Biden, whose travel schedule won’t be interrupted.

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

Harris was to visit North Carolina on Thursday and to travel daily until Election Day on Nov. 3. The cases are the first confirmed coronavirus illnesses in the Biden campaign. They come after President Donald Trump and dozens of White House staff contracted the virus last month.

“This shows how seriously we take Covid, how we have since March done everything in our power as a campaign to ensure the safety of our staff and our volunteers and voters, and we’ll continue to do so,” campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said on a call with reporters.

The campaign said the two people traveled with Harris on Oct. 8 and then attended personal events. They were both tested on Wednesday in preparation for Harris’s North Carolina trip and tested positive then. Harris has taken two tests since that time and both were negative, including on Wednesday, the campaign said. She will be tested again on Thursday.

Harris has been in Washington this week for the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett, which she attended virtually out of concern about Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee who didn’t abide by coronavirus safety protocols.

Everyone else who was traveling with Harris on Oct. 8 has also had multiple negative tests in the past week, the campaign said.

Harris’s husband, Doug Emhoff, will also cancel the travel he had planned for Thursday. All of his Covid tests have been negative as well and he will return to in-person campaigning on Friday.

The campaign has begun the contact tracing process to notify everyone who came into contact with the people during the time they may have been infected.

The Biden campaign has sought to convey a sense of responsibility and caution around the virus, requiring that all staff, press and event attendees wear masks, and abiding by local rules about group gatherings.

The campaign’s disclosure in a press release and conference call with reporters the morning after the positive tests contrasted with the White House’s approach around the Covid cases there, which emerged through

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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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