Joe Biden Dodges Quarantine After Campaign Staffer Tests Positive for COVID-19

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

Biden spokesperson Jen O'Malley Dillon said that Harris was not in "close contact" with either the flight crew member or Allen.

Neither Allen nor the unnamed "non-staff flight crew member" have had contact with Biden, Harris or any other staffers since testing positive for COVID-19 or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results, according to O'Malley Dillon. She was also expected to travel to OH and Pennsylvania this weekend.

Both Biden and Harris have been sending out greetings on Twitter to the Hindu community, one of the critical voting blocs in this year's election.

"As the Hindu festival of Navratri begins, Jill and I send our best wishes to all those celebrating in the United States and around the world".

Additionally, Biden consistently wears a face mask - in contrast to President Trump - and has held small campaign events with social distancing and mask wearing in contrast to the president's packed, outdoor campaign rallies.

Democrats especially have increased their use of virtual campaigning, fundraising and get-out-the-vote efforts to limit the spread and avoid unnecessary health risks. They also attended a string of private meetings and made a joint appearance in front of reporters at an airport. They were masked at all times in public, and aides said they were masked in private, as well.

The person traveled on the Democratic presidential nominee's plane for his Monday trip to OH and his Tuesday trip to Florida, but O'Malley Dillon stressed that the person was never in close contact with the 77-year-old Biden on the large 737 plane. Trump's nomination of Amy Coney Barrett was suspected to have infected over a dozen people, including Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Barron Trump, advisor Hope Hicks, campaign manager Bill Stepien, Stephen Miller, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel, Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, Chris Christie, Kellyanne Conway and Senators Thom Tillis, Mike Lee, and Ron Johnson.

The two also discussed the viral topic of NBC hosting a town hall on Thursday with President Trump at the same time as Joe Biden's town hall event on ABC. A number of Republicans and White House associates - and Mr Trump himself - have tested positive for coronavirus in recent weeks. During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both individuals.

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