UPDATE: Joe Biden tested negative for coronavirus

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta noted that because Biden and Trump were standing more than 6 feet apart, it's very likely he does not have the virus

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) – Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden said he has tested negative for the coronavirus.

Joe Biden, the Democratic challenger in the presidential race, was tested for the coronavirus on Friday, according to a report from CNN.

Biden tweeted that he and his wife, Jill, tested negative for the coronavirus. He said this should serve as a reminder for people to wear a mask, social distance and wash their hands.

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

CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta said Biden needed to be tested they were indoors and not wearing masks. They were standing more than 6 feet apart, however.

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

It has been reported that Trump has experienced mild symptoms. Top aide Hope Hicks is reportedly suffering from various symptoms as well.

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.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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