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Harris to return to campaign trail Monday for first time since aide tests positive for COVID-19

Harris to return to campaign trail Monday for first time since aide tests positive for COVID-19
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Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisThere's still time to put Kamala Harris front and center Hillicon Valley: Biden campaign slams Facebook after thousands of ads blocked | Majority of voters in three swing states saw ads on social media questioning election validity: poll | Harris more often the target of online misinformation The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Pollsters stir debate over Trump numbers MORE will hit the campaign trail Monday for the first time since her travel was suspended this week after an aide tested positive for the coronavirus. 

The campaign said Harris will travel to Orlando and Jacksonville, Fla., for the first day of in-person early voting in the Sunshine State, a crucial battleground where polls show a neck-and-neck race in the final sprint to Election Day.

Harris will be holding her first in-person campaign event since two staffers on Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll Ivanka Trump raises million in a week for father's campaign On The Money: McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 | Lawmakers see better prospects for COVID deal after election MORE’s presidential campaign, including Harris’s communications director, tested positive for the coronavirus.

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Biden campaign manager Jen O’Malley Dillon said Thursday that neither infected individual was in close contact, as defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with Harris or Biden but that Harris’s travel would be canceled through Sunday out of an abundance of caution.

“Regardless, out of an abundance of caution and in line with our campaign’s commitment to the highest levels of precaution, we are canceling Senator Harris’s travel through Sunday, October 18th, but she will keep a robust and aggressive schedule of virtual campaign activities to reach voters all across the country during this time,” Dillon said in a statement Thursday morning. 

Dillon also credited the campaign’s “rigorous protocols and testing” for catching the positive tests. 

The Biden campaign has sought to pose a stark contrast with President TrumpDonald John TrumpStephen Miller: Trump to further crackdown on illegal immigration if he wins US records 97,000 new COVID-19 cases, shattering daily record Biden leads Trump by 8 points nationally: poll MORE over its handling of the virus, ensuring that staffers and Biden and Harris wear masks when they are around other people and hitting Trump over his lax stance on face coverings and his handling of the virus overall. 

Harris last underwent PCR testing for the coronavirus Friday. The virus was not detected.