The wave of coronavirus infections that is sweeping across the country has now touched the staff of Vice President Kamala Harris, whose office revealed an aide who was in contact with her has tested positive for COVID-19.
Harris aide Symone Sanders announced the news Wednesday evening, just as Harris was set to depart to Los Angeles.
The aide had staffed Harris, 57, ‘throughout the day’ – although Harris herself tested negative on a rapid test she took Wednesday morning.
The news comes just two days after the White House announced that President Joe Biden was also in contact with a staffer who tested positive while traveling on Air Force One Friday.
They spent about 30 minutes together, according to the White House.
Vice President Kamala Harris, pictured in June, has come in close contact with an aide who tested positive for the coronavirus after staffing her ‘throughout’ Thurdsay. Aide Symone Sanders announced the news Wednesday evening
Biden, 78, took a second PCR test Wednesday morning, with the White House announcing the negative result around 12:30 p.m.
Earlier, Biden told reporters, ‘I haven’t gotten the result yet,’ as they exited the South Court Auditorium after he gave an update on supply chain issues.
‘On Wednesday morning, a staff member who staffed the Vice President throughout the day Tuesday received a positive test result for COVID-19,’ said Harris aide Symone Sanders in a statement.
‘Yesterday, Monday and every day last week, this staff member tested negative for COVID-19. This staff member is fully vaccinated and boosted and did not experience symptoms. Others who were in close contact with this staff member are being contacted and will be advised to get tested per CDC guidance.’
President Joe Biden was in close contact with a staffer Friday who later tested positive for COVID-19. He tested negative again Wednesday in a PCR test
Meena Harris, the niece of Vice President Kamala Harris, revealed she has tested positive for COVID
The statement went out at 5:54 pm, hours after aide’s positive test.
Sanders said Harris is tested on a regular basis. ‘As a part of that regular testing, the Vice President received an antigen test this morning and tested negative.’
‘Earlier today, after being notified of the staffer’s positive test, the Vice President received a PCR test and tested negative. She will be tested again on Friday then again on Monday per CDC guidance,’ said Sanders.
A White House public schedule for Harris issued Tuesday night only said she would be away Tuesday night. However the latest statement said she will be gone a week.
‘As CDC guidance does not require fully vaccinated people to quarantine after an exposure, the Vice President will continue with her daily schedule. This evening, she will depart Joint Base Andrews for Los Angeles where she and the Second Gentleman will remain through the New Year,’ said Sanders.
News of the close contact comes hours after after Meena Harris, the niece of the vice president, revealed she has COVID and says her friend who doesn’t have her booster shot has symptoms that are ’10x worse.’
‘I have COVID,’ Meena Harris, 37, tweeted on Tuesday night. ‘Based on what I know, after testing negative several times last week, either I infected my friend or she infected me. So far her symptoms are 10x worse than mine. I’m boosted. She’s not. Get the booster, people.’
Source: Daily Mail