Harris returns to campaign trail after pause over COVID-19 cases linked to team

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Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris arrives at the Orlando International Airport Orlando to show support for an early voting mobilization event on Oct. 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Democratic U.S. Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris arrives at the Orlando International Airport Orlando to show support for an early voting mobilization event on Oct. 19, 2020 in Orlando, Florida. (Octavio Jones/Getty Images)

Kamala Harris has returned to the campaign trail after a brief absence when people connected with her team tested positive for the coronavirus.

Harris kicked off her return at a car rally in Orlando on Monday to mark the first day of early voting in Florida, a critical swing state. She’ll later campaign in Jacksonville.

The Democratic ticket is largely forgoing traditional campaign rallies because of the risk of spreading the virus. But Harris was energized as she bounded onto the outdoor stage in Orlando, dancing and shouting greetings to the crowd as they honked their horns in support.

She largely stuck to the campaign message of outlining President Donald Trump’s failures in tackling the pandemic and urging people to cast their ballots early.

She told the crowd: “You will be the first to put our country back on the right track.”

Harris halted travel Thursday after her communications director and a member of the flight crew for her travel tested positive for the virus. The campaign said Harris did not need to quarantine under Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, but she paused travel for four days.

She has repeatedly tested negative for the virus.

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