White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Friday that Harris tested negative earlier in the day.
Harris was scheduled to attend an Equal Pay Day event at the White House Tuesday night that began just as Emhoff’s test results were announced. As a potential sign of how the vice president was pulled out of the event at the last minute, an empty chair was set for her on stage. But during his remarks, the president confirmed that Harris decided not to attend the event “out of an abundance of caution.”
The vice president had attended an event with Biden in the White House earlier that day – before Emhoff’s diagnosis was announced. Harris sided with Biden when the president made remarks, and later stood with lawmakers attending the signing ceremony. Neither Harris nor Biden wore a mask at the event.
Inside the White House, in line with changes in federal public health guidelines in recent weeks, officials and visitors have not been required to wear masks or social distances. Covid-19 cases in Washington have fallen since their peak in early January, when the country faced a wave of Omicron variants.
In recent days, Harris and Biden have been around a number of people who were later tested positive for Covid-19.
Democratic lawmakers tested positive after attending a conference where Biden spoke last weekend. And ahead of several celebrations of St. On Patrick’s Day, Irish Prime Minister Michael Martin tested positive for Covid-19 in Washington, forcing their bilateral meeting to be virtual. The president said during their virtual meeting that he had seen Martin for “seven and a half minutes” before the diagnosis.
In each case, including Emhoffs, the president was not considered a close contact. The White House has indicated that Biden’s test protocol has not changed so far.
According to the guidelines of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fully vaccinated individuals can “quarantine after a known exposure if they are asymptomatic.” Harris is fully vaccinated and boosted, as is her husband.
CNN’s Jasmine Wright contributed to this report.