Harris was not in what the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines as close contact with either person, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. However, Harris’s scheduled trip to North Carolina on Thursday was canceled and she will be off track until Monday, she said.
“None of these people have had any contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staff member since testing positive or in the 48 hours leading up to positive test results,” O’Malley Dillon said.
“After being with Senator Harris, both people attended non-campaign personal events last 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, “he said. . “These protocols help protect the campaign, personnel and anyone who may have contact; the importance of having such protocols ̵
Harris has run two PCR tests for the coronavirus since October 8, including one test on Wednesday, and it tested negative, O’Malley Dillon said.
Immediate disclosure of the positive results of Biden’s campaign was in stark contrast to how the Trump campaign and the White House handled positive coronavirus testing by Trump himself, as well as key campaign officials and collaborators. The Trump White House has not yet revealed when Trump tested negative for the coronavirus most recently prior to his positive test.
The two people were with Harris on a flight on October 8, the day after his debate with Vice President Mike Pence.
“During the flight, Senator Harris was wearing an N95 mask, as were both individuals. He wasn’t at 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them,” O’Malley Dillon said.
Before and after the flight, both Allen and the flight crew member tested negative and all other flight staff members tested negative, he said.
O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign has initiated the contact tracing process “to alert anyone who has come into contact with people during the potential window of infection.”
Biden’s campaign also canceled Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff’s plans to travel to Minnesota, where he had planned to campaign with Jill Biden, on Thursday. But because he hadn’t been in contact with either person, the campaign said, he will return to the campaign in person on Friday.
On Wednesday, Harris said “we were very safe” in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow when asked if she feels safe during the campaign during the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris laughed when he acknowledged that Trump mocks Biden’s campaign for wearing masks.
“I would like to hug people. You don’t hug people these days. It’s not an option. You can’t shake hands. But you can look people in the eye, you can listen, and you can be there,” Harris said. “I think it’s important to be where the people are, but to do it in a way that doesn’t put them at risk in terms of security. And so we’re working on it. It’s definitely a different kind of campaign. Than anything we’ve done before, but it’s not. we are doing the best. “
This story has been updated with more information about the campaign’s decision to stop Harris’ journey.
CNN’s Jasmine Wright contributed to this report.