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Kamala Harris Suspends Campaign Travel after Top Aide Tests Positive for COVID-19

Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris halted in-person events until Monday after two people traveling with the campaign tested positive for the coronavirus, campaign officials said Thursday.

Liz Allen, Harris’ communications director, and a flight crew member both tested positive after an Oct. 8 campaign trip to Arizona, the campaign said.

“Late last night, I learned a non-staff flight crew member & a member of my team tested positive for COVID,” Harris tweeted Thursday morning. “I wasn’t in close contact — as defined by the CDC — with either during the 2 days prior to their positive tests.”

The California senator, who had been scheduled to campaign Thursday in North Carolina, said she tested negative twice this week and hasn’t shown symptoms.

The campaign said Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden had no exposure even while he and Harris spent time campaigning and meeting together in Arizona and that both wore face masks throughout their encounters.

“Neither of these people have had contact with Vice President Biden, Senator Harris or any other staffers since testing positive or in the 48 hours prior to their positive test results,” said Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon, CNN reported.

Biden is scheduled to participate in an ABC News town hall Thursday night while NBC will host President Trump in a similar fashion at the same time.

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