Weeks after President Donald Trump was temporarily sidelined by a COVID-19 infection, reports this week show that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s campaign was impacted by the pandemic virus.
In a tweet on Thursday, the former vice president confirmed he remains well after a member of his charter flight crew tested positive for the coronavirus, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
“No need for me to quarantine”
The revelation came as his campaign confirmed that a total of three individuals who had been close to Biden and his running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), had been diagnosed this week.
Biden reported that he continued to test negative for the virus and cited his doctor’s advice that he clear to remain on the campaign trail since he did not come into close contact with the infected crew member.
“Not only was the individual 50+ feet away and wearing a mask, but I was wearing an N-95 mask,” he tweeted. “No members of my staff were in contact with this crew member either. My doctors have advised that there is no need for me to quarantine.”
Harris, however, has announced that she will cancel in-person campaign events until Sunday after a member of her own flight crew as well as her communications director tested positive. Both candidates reportedly tested negative again on Friday.
The Biden campaign appears willing to use the latest cases among its staff to further attacks on Trump’s alleged mishandling of the pandemic.
“I feel so powerful”
“Our campaign’s contact tracing remains ongoing, and my team will continue to share any significant developments with the American people,” the nominee tweeted. “If anything, let this serve as an example of the importance of wearing masks and keeping a safe, social distance.”
Meanwhile, the president has returned to the campaign trail with a flurry of rallies this week and even more planned for the remaining days of the election season.
He addressed his own illness and recovery during his first event since contracting COVID-19.
“I feel so powerful,” he told a crowd in Florida on Monday. “I’ll walk into that audience. I’ll walk in there, I’ll kiss everyone in that audience. I’ll kiss the guys and the beautiful women … everybody. I’ll just give ya a big fat kiss.”
Nevertheless, a second presidential debate scheduled for Thursday was called off after Trump refused to appear at a virtual debate, which organizers demanded in light of the diagnosis. Instead, both candidates addressed voters in dueling televised town hall events on the same night.