Reporter Who Traveled to Georgia With Biden Tested Positive for COVID-19

Reporter Who Traveled to Georgia With Biden Tested Positive for COVID-19 Reporter Who Traveled to Georgia With Biden Tested Positive for COVID-19 (Getty Images)

By Marisa Herman | Thursday, 17 December 2020 03:12 PM

A journalist who traveled to Georgia with Joe Biden on Tuesday tested positive for coronavirus, the New York Post reports.

According to a statement from Biden’s transition office, Biden is not believed to be at risk of the virus.

Biden’s office notified the press at about the same time as Biden hosted an in-person event in Delaware announcing Pete Buttigieg as his pick for transportation secretary, according to the newspaper.

“Today, a member of the press pool who traveled with the President-elect yesterday received a positive PCR test for COVID-19,” the transition office said. “We initiated contact tracing protocols immediately, and this person was not ever in close contact as defined by the CDC with the President-elect.”

The office said Biden “adhered to masking and social distancing guidelines at all times during the trip.” Biden was in Georgia to campaign for two upcoming Senate runoff races.

But Washington Post reporter Annie Linskey tweeted a photo of Biden with his mask down. “This photo of @JoeBiden taking his mask down briefly in Georgia has to be part of why Fauci wants @JoeBiden to get a vaccine ASAP,” she wrote.

According to the New York Post, Biden coughed and cleared his throat more than usual, including during his Tuesday speech in Georgia. He has consistently tested negative for the virus, per his transition office.

“Out of an abundance of caution, one member of our traveling communications team who was in close contact with this individual will self-quarantine for 7 days and other members of the traveling press pool who were in close contact with this individual are not on pool duty today and will not be until they clear the window for being infectious. No other member of the President-elect’s staff has been assessed to be at risk for exposure or transmission of the virus,” the statement said.