Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced that she would be under quarantine after finding out that two of her campaign staffers tested positive for the coronavirus. She and her running mate, former Vice President Joe Biden, have run a modified campaign designed to prevent further spread of the virus. However, it appears that these precautions have not been foolproof.
Coronavirus Strikes Team Biden
Harris’ communications director and a “non-staff flight crew member” involved with her campaign have tested positive for the coronavirus. Jen O’ Malley Dillon, Biden’s campaign manager, explained that in-person campaigning, including stops scheduled for today in North Carolina, has been canceled for the rest of the week.
Dillon indicated that the campaign learned of the diagnoses late on Wednesday night. “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,” she assured in a statement.
However, Dillon stated that:
“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 Harris’s travel through Sunday, October 18th, but she will keep a robust and aggressive schedule of virtual campaign activities to reach voters all across the country during this time.”
The campaign manager noted that Harris tested negative for COVID on Wednesday and would take another test on Thursday. She indicated that the senator would resume in-person campaigning on Monday. Dillon also mentioned that “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.”
Sen. Harris posted a tweet Thursday morning saying that she has had two negative tests and is not experiencing any symptoms. She vowed to “be transparent with you about any test results that I do receive.”
Dillon assured the public that this news “shows how seriously we take COVID, how we have since March done everything in our powers as a campaign to ensure the safety of our staff and our volunteers and voters and will continue to do so.”
The Biden staff also outlined the safety precautions Harris took to prevent infection:
“During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both individuals. She was not within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them. As such, she does not meet the CDC definition of ‘close contact’ for exposure. In addition, both before and after the flight both individuals tested negative.”
Will COVID Be an Issue?
When President Donald Trump announced that he tested positive for the coronavirus, it demonstrated that even high-profile government officials, with all their protections, are susceptible to the virus. Democrats and the corporate media continue to castigate him for supposedly not taking enough precautions to protect himself and those around him.
However, if Harris’ team was as careful as they claim, it shows that following even the strictest guidelines does not guarantee safety.
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