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Kamala Harris Cancels Travel Plans After Comms Director Tests Positive for COVID-19

The Harris team has canceled campaign trips for the rest of the week.
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With only 18 days until the election, Vice Presidential nominee Kamala Harris is suspending all campaign travel plans after two members of her team tested positive for coronavirus. The California Senator’s communications director Liz Allen and an unnamed flight crewmember both tested positive, forcing Harris to postpone traveling until Monday. Harris and her husband have both tested negative for the virus.

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon released a statement saying, “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,” adding 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 Harris team has said that they will conduct contact tracing for everyone who came into contact with the two infected individuals. The Biden Harris campaign has maintained strict protocols to protect their team, which includes closing their campaign office in Philadelphia and having staff work remotely. They also require regular mandatory testing for everyone on the campaign.

This is, of course, a marked departure from the Trump administration, whose cavalier and reckless behavior has led to dozens of super-spreader events. 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.

And yet despite the White House outbreak, the Trump administration has continued to be cagey about everything from contact tracing to mask wearing to the president’s health. Trump even attended a fundraiser in New Jersey after he knew he tested positive.

Trump has also repeatedly mocked Biden for wearing a mask, and his entire family refused masks at the first debate only 48 hours before the President tested positive.

Harris tweeted, “I will be transparent with you about any test results that I do receive. In the meantime, remember: wear a mask, practice social distancing, and wash your hands regularly. It is possible to stop the spread.”

Trump said of the news, “We extend our best wishes. We extend our best wishes, which is more than they did to me, but that’s OK,” which is of course a lie. Both Biden and Harris extended well wishes to the Trump family while they were convalescing.

(via CNN, featured image: Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Chelsea was born and raised in New Orleans, which explains her affinity for cheesy grits and Britney Spears. An pop culture journalist since 2012, her work has appeared on Autostraddle, AfterEllen, and more. Her beats include queer popular culture, film, television, republican clownery, and the unwavering belief that 'The Long Kiss Goodnight' is the greatest movie ever made. She currently resides in sunny Los Angeles, with her husband, 2 sons, and one poorly behaved rescue dog. She is a former roller derby girl and a black belt in Judo, so she is not to be trifled with. She loves the word “Jewess” and wishes more people used it to describe her.