Biden White House pick tests positive for COVID after attending event with president-elect

Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., who will serve as a senior adviser to President-elect Joe Biden in the White House Office of Public Engagement, was confirmed positive on Thursday – but Biden’s team says he was not in close contact with the president-elect even though the pair both rallied for Democrats campaigning in the Georgia runoff races this week.

“Richmond’s interactions with the President-elect happened in open air, were masked and totaled less than 15 consecutive minutes, the CDC’s timeframe for close contact,” Biden’s team said. “Richmond traveled to Georgia on his own and not with the President-elect.”