Kamala Harris Cancels Texas Visit After Staffer’s Positive COVID-19 Test

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2020

After a fight crew and her communications director tested positive for COVID-19, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris has canceled all campaign travel through the weekend.

Biden's schedule will not be interrupted.

Sen. Harris was scheduled to travel to a number of key states over the next several dates including North Carolina, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Biden, 77, is challenging President Donald Trump, a Republican, who is seeking another term in the November 3 presidential election.

"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 "will return to in-person campaigning on Monday", said Biden Campaign Manager Jen O'Malley Dillon in a statement.

The campaign said the two people traveled with Harris on October 8 and then attended personal events.

He is expected to continue his intended travel plans and tested negative for the coronavirus.

She continued, "Both the crew member and the staff member were wearing N95 masks at all points they were near me, and our doctors believe that we were not exposed under CDC guidelines".

According to ABC7 NY, Harris has tested negative for COVID-19, but is choosing to shelter in place and self-quarantine "out of an abundance of caution".

Mr Biden added that he tested negative COVID-19 on Wednesday evening.

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 leaks to reporters.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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