Harris was not in what the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention define as close contact with both people, Biden’s campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement. Even so, Harris’ planned trip to North Carolina was canceled Thursday and she will be off the road until Monday, she said.
“Neither of these people has had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris, or any other employee since they tested positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” said O’Malley Dillon.
“After dating Senator Harris, both people attended face-to-face events outside of the campaign last week. Our campaign’s strict health protocols required both individuals to be tested before they could get back to work with the campaign because of these face-to-face events,”
Harris has performed two PCR tests for coronavirus since Oct. 8, including one on Wednesday, and tested negative, O’Malley Dillon said.
The Biden campaign’s immediate disclosure of positive results was in stark contrast to how Trump’s campaign and the White House conducted positive coronavirus tests from Trump himself and from campaign leaders and aides. Trump’s White House still hasn’t revealed the last time Trump had a negative coronavirus test before testing positive.
The two people were on a flight with Harris on October 8, the day after their debate with Vice President Mike Pence.
“During the flight, Senator Harris wore an N95 mask, as did both of them. It was no more than 15 minutes within 6 feet of either of them,” said O’Malley Dillon.
Before and after the flight, both Allen and the flight crew member tested negative, and everyone else on the flight tested negative, she said.
O’Malley Dillon said the Biden campaign began the contact tracing process “to notify anyone who came into contact with the people during the potential infection window”.
Biden’s campaign also thwarted Harris’ husband Doug Emhoff’s plans to travel to Minnesota on Thursday to camp with Jill Biden. However, since he has not been in contact with either person, he will return to personal campaigns on Friday.
On Wednesday, Harris said in an interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, “we were very safe” when asked if she felt safe during the coronavirus pandemic.
Harris laughed as she acknowledged Trump was making fun of the Biden campaign to wear masks.
“I would love to hug people. You don’t hug people these days. That’s not an option. You can’t shake hands. But you can look people in the eyes and you can listen and you can be there,” Harris said. “I think it’s important to be where people are, but to do it in a way that doesn’t compromise their safety. That’s why we’re working on it. It’s definitely a different type of campaign than anything what we’ve done before, but we’re making the most of it. “
This story has been updated with additional information about the campaign’s decision to end Harris’ trip.
CNN’s Jasmine Wright contributed this report.