Pence campaigns after exposure to COVID-19

Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in North Carolina Sunday after his chief of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides, the White House said.Click the video player above to learn more about Pence’s Chief of Staff’s diagnosis.Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president” have tested positive for the virus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday.The vice president, who along with his wife, Karen, tested negative on Sunday, according to his office, is considered a “close contact” of the aides under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria but will not quarantine, his spokesman said.Devin O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit” and “in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.” Those guidelines require that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence’s decision to travel “grossly negligent” regardless of the stated justification that Pence is an essential worker.“It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response,” she said. “I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally” and the people on Pence’s own staff who will accompany him. “He needs to be staying home 14 days. Campaign events are not essential.” >> Follow this link to learn what you need to know about North Carolina’s 2020 electionsThe Vice President and Second Lady Karen Pence will be in North Carolina during the beginning of this week campaigning during early voting and before Election Day.Mike Pence is in Lenoir County on Sunday, plus Greensboro and New Hanover County on Tuesday. He also has stops in South Carolina. Karen Pence is in Wake County on Monday. Each of the stops are for “Make America Great Again!” rallies.>> North Carolina now in early voting periodThese stops come just days after President Trump visited Robeson County Saturday.Trump mocked Democrat Joe Biden as “an inspiring guy” for raising alarm about the pandemic even as the president attracted sizable campaign crowds with coronavirus cases surging across the country in the closing days of the race.Biden, pressing the case that Trump doesn’t deserve a second term because of his handling of the pandemic, said at his own smaller drive-in rally outside Philadelphia that he didn’t “like the idea of all this distance but it’s necessary” for public health reasons.Trump criticized Biden for saying during Thursday’s debate that the country is headed for a “dark winter” because of the pandemic — the scenario that health experts have warned about for months. The president jabbed at television news outlets for covering the pandemic, which has killed nearly 224,000 people in the United States. The nation’s coronavirus tally reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported on Friday.“We’re rounding the turn … our numbers are incredible,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Lumberton, North Carolina, that drew hundreds of people who stood shoulder to shoulder.>> Click here to learn more about how the coronavirus is causing a new form of partisan divide before the 2020 electionThe North Carolina Democratic Party released a statement before Pence’s rally:“If Donald Trump and Mike Pence won’t even take the necessary steps to protect their own staff from the virus, how can North Carolinians trust them to protect the rest of us? A visit from Mike Pence to give a speech full of empty campaign promises isn’t going to mean anything to Lenoir County residents after the Trump-Pence administration has already proven they can’t deliver. Trump promised us he had the virus under control, but more than 4,100 North Carolinians have died. Trump promised us he would come up with a ‘much better’ health care plan than the Affordable Care Act — that plan still doesn’t exist. North Carolinians are sick of the chaos and broken promises. We deserve better and that’s exactly what we’re going to get if North Carolinians turn out to cast their ballots for Joe Biden by November 3rd.”WXII 12 News is committed to providing fair and balanced coverage of the 2020 United States Presidential election in North Carolina. Stay up-to-date with the latest on local, state and national political headlines by clicking here.This article contains information from The Associated Press.

Vice President Mike Pence will campaign in North Carolina Sunday after his chief of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.

Pence plans to maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week despite an apparent outbreak of the coronavirus among his senior aides, the White House said.

Click the video player above to learn more about Pence’s Chief of Staff’s diagnosis.

Pence’s chief of staff, Marc Short, and “a couple of key staff surrounding the vice president” have tested positive for the virus, White House chief of staff Mark Meadows said Sunday.

FILE - In this Monday, Sept. 16, 2019 file photo, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Mike Pence, speaks with reporters at the White House in Washington. Vice President Mike Pence will maintain an aggressive campaign schedule this week the White House said Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020 despite his exposure to Marc Short, his chief of staff who tested positive for the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

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Vice President Chief of Staff Marc Short

The vice president, who along with his wife, Karen, tested negative on Sunday, according to his office, is considered a “close contact” of the aides under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria but will not quarantine, his spokesman said.

Devin O’Malley said Pence decided to maintain his travel schedule “in consultation with the White House Medical Unit” and “in accordance with the CDC guidelines for essential personnel.”

Those guidelines require that essential workers exposed to someone with the coronavirus closely monitor for symptoms of COVID-19 and wear a mask whenever around other people.

Saskia Popescu, an infectious disease expert at George Mason University, called Pence’s decision to travel “grossly negligent” regardless of the stated justification that Pence is an essential worker.

“It’s just an insult to everybody who has been working in public health and public health response,” she said. “I also find it really harmful and disrespectful to the people going to the rally” and the people on Pence’s own staff who will accompany him. “He needs to be staying home 14 days. Campaign events are not essential.”

>> Follow this link to learn what you need to know about North Carolina’s 2020 elections

The Vice President and Second Lady Karen Pence will be in North Carolina during the beginning of this week campaigning during early voting and before Election Day.

Mike Pence is in Lenoir County on Sunday, plus Greensboro and New Hanover County on Tuesday. He also has stops in South Carolina. Karen Pence is in Wake County on Monday.

Each of the stops are for “Make America Great Again!” rallies.

>> North Carolina now in early voting period

These stops come just days after President Trump visited Robeson County Saturday.

Trump mocked Democrat Joe Biden as “an inspiring guy” for raising alarm about the pandemic even as the president attracted sizable campaign crowds with coronavirus cases surging across the country in the closing days of the race.

Biden, pressing the case that Trump doesn’t deserve a second term because of his handling of the pandemic, said at his own smaller drive-in rally outside Philadelphia that he didn’t “like the idea of all this distance but it’s necessary” for public health reasons.

Trump criticized Biden for saying during Thursday’s debate that the country is headed for a “dark winter” because of the pandemic — the scenario that health experts have warned about for months.

The president jabbed at television news outlets for covering the pandemic, which has killed nearly 224,000 people in the United States. The nation’s coronavirus tally reached record heights with more than 83,000 infections reported on Friday.

“We’re rounding the turn … our numbers are incredible,” Trump told supporters at a rally in Lumberton, North Carolina, that drew hundreds of people who stood shoulder to shoulder.

>> Click here to learn more about how the coronavirus is causing a new form of partisan divide before the 2020 election

The North Carolina Democratic Party released a statement before Pence’s rally:

“If Donald Trump and Mike Pence won’t even take the necessary steps to protect their own staff from the virus, how can North Carolinians trust them to protect the rest of us? A visit from Mike Pence to give a speech full of empty campaign promises isn’t going to mean anything to Lenoir County residents after the Trump-Pence administration has already proven they can’t deliver.

Trump promised us he had the virus under control, but more than 4,100 North Carolinians have died. Trump promised us he would come up with a ‘much better’ health care plan than the Affordable Care Act — that plan still doesn’t exist. North Carolinians are sick of the chaos and broken promises. We deserve better and that’s exactly what we’re going to get if North Carolinians turn out to cast their ballots for Joe Biden by November 3rd.”

WXII 12 News is committed to providing fair and balanced coverage of the 2020 United States Presidential election in North Carolina. Stay up-to-date with the latest on local, state and national political headlines by clicking here.

This article contains information from The Associated Press.

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