Biden team boosts COVID-19 protocols

When Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden set off for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Tuesday, he took no questions from reporters, unlike the day before, when his wife Jill physically pulled her husband back to properly socially distance from journalists.

The Biden campaign - spooked by President Donald Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis just days after debating Biden but unwilling to sideline the former VP so close to Election Day - are taking enhanced measures to protect their candidate.

For instance, the campaign said Biden would be tested for the virus several times a week compared to just once per week before.

Biden also has been keeping his mask on for longer periods of time on the campaign trail, sometimes even when standing alone at a podium, most notably right after Trump's diagnosis..

BIDEN: "My wife, Jill, and I pray that they'll make a quick and full recovery."

In Gettysburg, Biden walked around his supporters, who wore masks, but did take his off while speaking, and said the coronavirus shouldn't be a politicized issue.

BIDEN: "Wearing a mask is not a political statement. It's a scientific recommendation... This pandemic is not a red state or blue state issue. This virus doesn't care where you live, what political party you belong to. It infects us all. It'll take anyone's life. It's a virus. It's not a political weapon."

Trump supporters, unmasked, gathered at the base of the hill where Biden spoke, waving Trump flags.

The president's campaign has flouted safety measures, holding large rallies indoors to a crowd of many mask-less supporters.

A Biden adviser, said the turn of events with Trump's health validated the safety-first approach that had been scorned even by some Democrats worried that Biden was being too cautious and not traveling enough.

The Biden campaign has pushed for more safety procedures for upcoming debates. They convinced the sponsor of those events to add plexiglass barriers at Wednesday's vice presidential debate, and won a new rule barring people from the room who refuse masks.

Negotiations are ongoing for thenext presidential debate...scheduled for Oct. 15.

Video Transcript

REPORTER: When democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden set off for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania Tuesday, he took no questions from reporters, unlike the day before when his wife Jill physically pulled her husband back to properly socially distance from journalists.

JOE BIDEN: Listen to the science. If the scientists say that--

JILL BIDEN: Come back a little.

JOE BIDEN: I'm sorry.

REPORTER: The Biden campaign spooked by President Donald Trump's COVID-19 19 diagnosis just days after debating Biden but unwilling to sideline the former VP so close to election day are taking enhanced measures to protect their candidate.

For instance, the campaign said Biden would be tested for the virus several times a week compared to just once per week before. Biden also has been keeping his mask on for longer periods of time on the campaign trail, sometimes even when standing alone at a podium. Most notably right after Trump's diagnosis.

JOE BIDEN: My wife Jill and I pray that they'll make a quick and full recovery.

REPORTER: In Gettysburg, Biden walked around his supporters, who wore masks, but did take his off while speaking and said the coronavirus shouldn't be a politicized issue.

JOE BIDEN: Wearing a mask is not a political statement. This pandemic is not a red state or blue state issue, this virus doesn't care where you live, what political party you belong to. It infects us all. Will take anyone's life. It's a virus. It's not a political weapon.

REPORTER: Trump supporters, unmasked, gathered at the base of the hill where Biden spoke waving Trump flags.

LEE GREENWOOD: (SINGING) And I'm proud to be an American.

REPORTER: The president's campaign has flouted safety measures, holding large rallies indoors to crowds of many maskless supporters. A Biden advisor said the turn of events with Trump's health validated the safety first approach that had been scorned even by some Democrats worried that Biden was being too cautious and not traveling enough.

The Biden campaign has pushed for more safety procedures for upcoming debates. They convinced the sponsor of those events to add plexiglass barriers at Wednesday's vise presidential debate and won a new rule barring people from the room who refused to wear masks. Negotiations are underway for the next presidential debate scheduled for October 15.