Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris canceled her campaign travel schedule through Sunday after two of her staffers tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
A statement released by the Biden campaign, which was posted to Twitter by CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe on Thursday morning, stated that Harris was recently on the same plane with both of the individuals, though they both tested negative before and after the flight. In the 48 hours prior to their positive test result, neither was in direct contact with former Vice President Joe Biden or with Senator Harris.
However, in order to be cautious, Harris is halting her travel schedule to lessen the chance of spreading the disease to anyone else should she be carrying it without knowing. Harris has taken 2 PCR tests since the flight and both were negative. Her most recent test was on October 14.
“The campaign has begun the contact tracing process to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window. The laboratory which conducts the tests on our behalf has reported these results, as they do all of our test results, to local officials as required by law. We are also communicating with our campaign staff,” the statement read.
“After being with Senator Harris, both individuals attended personal, non-campaign events in the past week,” the statement continued.
The two cases were discovered because the staffers were required to be tested before they could return to their official work after being attending personal events. The campaign explained that this policy was put in place to protect everyone working for Biden and Harris. The statement stressed that the ability to catch the cases before the individuals returned to work, where they could potentially infect others, is why this type of careful tracing is necessary.
Doug Emhoff, Harris’ husband, has also canceled all of his travel for the day in order to be cautious. He has taken 3 PCR tests since October 8 and all have come back negative. Because he wasn’t in proximity to the two infected staffers at any time and because both he and Harris have tested negative repeatedly, the campaign feels it is safe for him to continue his activities in-person after Thursday.
Though the campaign didn’t name the employees, O’Keefe revealed in a second tweet that there are rumors that one of the staffers is communications director Liz Allen, who served as deputy communications direct for Biden while he was in the White House.