The Biden campaign announced on Thursday morning that vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris has suspended all travel for the weekend after the COVID-19 diagnosis of one of her top staffers.
Kamala Harris has been in contact with two individuals diagnosed with the novel coronavirus — her communications director, Liz Allen, and a “non-staff flight crew member” — though the Biden campaign says she wasn’t in “close contact” with either.
According to the campaign’s official statement:
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.
Regardless, out of an abundance of caution and in line with our campaign’s commitment to the highest levels of precaution, we are canceling Senator Haris’s travel through Sunday, October 18,” the campaign said, adding that the vice presidential hopeful will “keep a robust and aggressive schedule of virtual campaign activities to reach voters all across the country during this time.
Biden himself was reportedly not in contact with either individual within 48 hours of their diagnoses and is not considered at risk.
Harris, however, was on the same flight as both individuals on October 8, though the statement claims she wore an N95 mask throughout the duration of the flight and did not come within “six feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them” at the time.
“In addition, both before and after the flight both individuals tested negative,” the statement continued.
Harris will reportedly rejoin the campaign trail on October 19. Harris also opted against appearing in person for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearings this week, though Harris did not cite her staffers’ coronavirus diagnosis as the reason for the last-minute decision.
Harris announced on Sunday that she would participate in the hearings remotely because “Chairman Graham and Senate Republicans are endangering the lives of not just members and our staff” by moving forward with in-person hearings.