FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Visit Ralph Northam Before Northam Tested Positive For COVID-19?

FACT CHECK: Did Joe Biden Visit Ralph Northam Before Northam Tested Positive For COVID-19?


A viral Facebook post shared over 3,400 times claims Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden met with Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam three days before Northam tested positive for COVID-19.

Verdict: False

Check Your Fact found no evidence to support the post’s claim. A spokesperson for Northam’s office confirmed the governor had not “had any contact with either Jill or Joe Biden for several weeks prior to their diagnosis.”

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Fact Check:

The Sept. 26 post made the claim in an attempt to suggest that Biden would use the alleged exposure to bow out of the Sept. 29 debate against President Donald Trump. Biden participated in the debate.

“Virginia Governor just announced he has COVID,” reads the post. “I READ where Biden visited with him just 3 days ago… Debate is next week. Coincidence?” (RELATED: Did Joe Biden Say That If He Were President, There Would Have Been Zero COVID-19 Deaths?)

While Northam and his wife did announce that they tested positive for COVID-19 on Sept. 25, there is no evidence Biden met with Northam a few days prior. If he or his wife, Jill, had been seen with Northam, it likely would have garnered media attention, yet no

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