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Biden Won’t Quarantine After Flying With Person Who Tested Positive For Covid

Topline

The Biden campaign said Thursday that an air charter administrator who flew with former Vice President Joe Biden several times this week tested positive for coronavirus but that Biden will not quarantine because the two were far apart and both wore masks.

Key Facts

Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said in a statement that the administrator was found to have tested positive during contact tracing after a member of Sen. Kamala Harris’ flight crew tested positive Wednesday night.

The administrator, who tested negative before a flight on Oct. 11 on the Boeing 737 that the campaign is chartering but twice tested positive on Thursday, accompanied Biden on trips to Ohio and Florida on Monday and Tuesday respectively, Dillon said.

However, Dillon noted that the individual entered the plane through a separate entrance than Biden and sat in the last row, with both wearing masks throughout the flights and never coming within 50 feet of one another.

Biden, like Harris, will not quarantine, with Dillon stating the campaign’s medical advisors said it is not necessary.

Dillon also said that the campaign would not institute new precautions in the wake of the positive tests, but reminded all campaign staff and partners of the importance of adhering to safety protocols such as social distancing and mask-wearing.

Key Background

Kamala Harris canceled a trip to North Carolina scheduled for Thursday after her communications director and a member of her flight crew both tested positive, replacing it with a virtual North Carolina get-out-the-vote event.

Tangent

Biden was photographed wearing two protective face-masks – one an N95 mask – as he disembarked from his flight to Florida on Tuesday. He wore just one mask at an event in Pembroke Pines later that day.

What To Watch For

Biden will still attend an ABC News town hall at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia Thursday evening, campaign spokesman Michael Gwin told Forbes. It will air the same time as President Trump’s NBC News town hall. The dueling town halls are in lieu of the second presidential debate, which was canceled after the two candidates came to an impasse over going virtual following Trump’s coronavirus infection earlier this month.

Further Reading

Harris Cancels Travel After 2 Campaign Workers Contract Covid-19 (Forbes)

White House Outbreak: Barron Trump Latest Revealed To Test Positive (Forbes)

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