Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden confirmed Thursday that a member of his flight crew had tested positive for the coronavirus — but there’s no sign that the news will ground the candidate’s campaign.
Both Biden and his running mate, California Sen. Kamala Harris (D), have tested negative after three individuals in their orbit came down with the virus, the Daily Mail reports.
Coronavirus in Biden’s camp?
According to the Daily Mail, Biden was on flights with the infected crew member, who works for the company that charters Biden’s flights, on Monday and Tuesday as he traveled to Ohio and Florida, respectively.
In a series of tweets Thursday, Biden said that he tested negative the night before and that his doctor gave him the approval to keep campaigning because he was more than 50 feet away from the individual.
“During our contact tracing, we discovered around noon today that a member of the company that charters my airplane has also tested positive for COVID. This crew member was on the plane with me, but was more than 50 feet away,” Biden wrote. “My COVID test from last night came back negative.”
Biden also took the opportunity to take a jab at President Donald Trump, who has returned to holding large campaign rallies after a bout with the coronavirus sent him to the hospital for a weekend.
“If anything, let this serve as an example of the importance of wearing masks and keeping a safe, social distance,” Biden wrote Thursday.
“More than they did to me”
Harris, for her part, canceled travel until Monday after her communications director and a member of her own flight crew both tested positive for COVID-19, the Daily Mail reported.
Harris was said to have been in contact with the two people on Oct. 8, a day after she faced off with Vice President Mike Pence in the vice presidential debate. However, both Harris and Biden are still negative as of Friday, according to the Associated Press.
The pair’s campaign has long called on voters to reject Trump’s candidacy largely because of his handling of the virus, which Democrats say has been cavalier and ineffective. But the president defended his coronavirus response at a town hall on Thursday where he questioned the effectiveness and wisdom of masks and lockdowns, repeating his mantra that “the cure cannot be worse than the disease,” as the New York Post reported.
At a rally the same day, Trump said he hoped Biden and Harris were doing well.
“We extend our best wishes. We extend our best wishes, which is more than they did to me, but that’s OK,” Trump said, according to the Daily Mail.