The 2020 election season was thrown for a loop this week in the wake of announcements that President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump, among other top advisers and members of Congress, had tested positive for the coronavirus.
Numerous others potentially exposed to those individuals have since been tested for the virus, including Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, who revealed on Friday that she had received a negative result, as reported by The Hill.
“Still very much active”
Though the California senator had not been in contact with Trump or anyone in his orbit lately, she could have potentially been exposed through contact with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, who shared a debate stage with the president on Tuesday.
Biden carried on with a campaign event in Michigan on Friday after repeatedly testing negative for the virus, according to CNBC.
“I’m happy to report that Jill and I have tested negative for COVID,” Biden tweeted. “Thank you to everyone for your messages of concern. I hope this serves as a reminder: wear a mask, keep social distance, and wash your hands.”
In a tweet the same day, Harris confirmed that both she and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, had been tested and cleared earlier in the day.
“This virus is still very much active across our country, please continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing,” she concluded.
“A full and speedy recovery”
Both @DouglasEmhoff and I were tested for COVID-19 this morning and thankfully we tested negative. This virus is still very much active across our country, please continue to wear a mask and maintain social distancing.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) October 2, 2020
In addition to casting doubt on the status of two remaining presidential debates, news of COVID-19 outbreaks across D.C. also led to speculation about the vice-presidential debate set to take place in Utah on Wednesday.
Following reports that both Vice President Mike Pence and second lady Karen Pence also tested negative, it appears the event is tentatively still in the cards. Of course, those involved are likely to continue receiving frequent tests in the days leading up to the debate.
Furthermore, the Commission on Presidential Debates agreed to a request to increase the space between the two candidates to 12 feet.
As part of her announcement, Harris echoed the reaction of Americans from across the political spectrum in “wishing President Trump and the First Lady a full and speedy recovery.”