Two People Close To Kamala Harris Test Positive For COVID-19

( Vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris will halt all travel through at least this weekend after two people close to her recently tested positive for coronavirus.

The two people in question are a flight crew member and Liz Allen, who serves as the communications director for Harris.

In a statement, Jen O’Malley Dillon, the campaign manager for the Biden-Harris campaign, said Harris wasn’t in close contact with either of these people, as defined by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. O’Malley Dillon said:

“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.

“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.

“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 herself tested negative as recently as Wednesday, O’Malley Dillon said.

The two people who tested positive were on a flight with Harris on October 8, which is the day after she had her debate with Vice President Mike Pence. According to O’Malley Dillon:

“During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both individuals. She was not within six feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them.”

Those two people, as well as everyone else on that flight, tested negative both before and after the flight.

Contact tracing has begun within the Biden campaign “to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window.”

Harris said as recently as Wednesday that their team has “been very safe” while campaigning. She explained how they have been adapting to the times, saying:

“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, and you can listen, and you can be there. I think it’s important to be where the people are but to do it in a way that does not cause them to be at any risk in terms of their safety.

“And so we’re working it out. It’s definitely a different kind of campaign than anything that we’ve done before, but we’re making the best of it.”

One person the Biden campaign apparently isn’t cutting off from travel is Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff. While he won’t travel to Minnesota on Thursday, where he planned to campaign with Joe Biden’s wife Jill, he will be allowed to return to in-person events on Friday.

The Biden campaign said he’s been permitted to do so because he didn’t come in contact with either person who tested positive.