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Kamala Harris suspends campaign travel after staffer contracts COVID-19

Kamala Harris suspends campaign travel after staffer contracts COVID-19”

The Biden campaign told reporters Thursday morning that Harris' communications director, Liz Allen, and a flight crew member tested positive after a recent campaign trip to the southwest.

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.

When pressed on whether the campaign can continue a robust travel schedule given the rising rates of COVID-19 across the country, including in key battleground states like Wisconsin, the campaign says there is an ongoing discussion about the safety of travel in the final 19 days of the campaign.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris took to Twitter on Saturday to extend greetings on the occasion of the Hindu festival of Navratri.

One week ago on 8 October, Ms Harris and Mr Biden campaigned together in Arizona, where they held multiple appearances and interviews.

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According to the campaign, Harris was not in close contact with either as defined by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, but the campaign postponed in-person travel out of an abundance of caution. 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. During the plane flight, Dillon said Harris, Allen and the non-staff flight crew were all wearing N95 masks and that the vice-presidential nominee "was not within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes with either of them".

He had no contact at any time with the two individuals, and given both his and Harris's negative testing, he has not been exposed, the campaign said.

Emhoff has had three PCR COVID tests since October 8th and all have been negative.

The campaign detailed how the positive staffers were detected and the protocols put in place to protect the candidates and staff. They were then required by the campaign to be tested before returning to work, CNN reported.

The campaign has begun the contact tracing process to notify everyone who came into contact with the individuals during the potential infection window. "Today's exceedingly cautious steps are part of that commitment".



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