Joe Biden tests negative for coronavirus after Trump’s diagnosis

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Joe Biden waits to greet local officials at Joey D’s Restaurant at Latrobe Train Station in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (NEXSTAR) — Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in the presidential race, has tested negative for coronavirus, the former vice president said on Twitter.

Biden stood on the debate stage Tuesday alongside President Donald Trump, who tested positive for COVID-19 late Thursday.

Experts said because Biden and Trump were standing more than 6 feet apart, it was very unlikely that he would have the virus. However, because they were indoors and not wearing masks, a test was warranted.

It’s unclear if the two men interacted backstage or off-camera, according to CNN.

The White House said Trump has been showing “mild symptoms.”

Trump’s handling of the pandemic has already been a major flashpoint in his race against Biden, who spent much of the summer off the campaign trail and at his home in Delaware because of the virus. Biden has since resumed a more active campaign schedule, but with small, socially distanced crowds. He also regularly wears a mask in public, something Trump mocked him for at Tuesday night’s debate.

“I don’t wear masks like him,” Trump said of Biden. “Every time you see him, he’s got a mask. He could be speaking 200 feet away from me, and he shows up with the biggest mask I’ve ever seen.”

NBC News reporter Vaughn Hillyard also announced that Senator Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff were tested this morning. Their results came back negative.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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