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Kamala Harris Postpones Travel After Top Staffer Tests Positive For COVID-19

The vice presidential nominee has taken two COVID-19 tests since last week, both of which have come back negative.

Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) surprises guests on September 28, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. | Getty Images
Democratic vice presidential nominee, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) surprises guests on September 28, 2020 in Raleigh, North Carolina. | Getty Images

Vice presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris has cancelled her upcoming campaign events after two people close to the campaign tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement on Thursday, Joe Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said that a non-staff flight crew member and Harris’s communications director, Liz Allen, both tested positive for COVID-19. 

Harris has taken two PCR tests on October 8 and the 14, both of which have come back negative, according to the campaign statement. All other staffers and flight crew members have also tested negative. 

Dillon said that Harris and Biden were not in close contact with the two staffers after they tested positive or 48 hours before. But “out of an abundance of caution,” Harris will postpone her upcoming events through October 18. Her husband Doug Emhoff will also postpone his upcoming campaign travel. 

The statement goes on to add that Harris will maintain a “robust and aggressive” schedule of virtual events. The campaign will also perform contact tracing to notify people that may have come into contact with the two individuals.