WATCH: How Trump’s COVID-19 diagnosis could affect future debates

With Election Day just weeks away, there are still two presidential debates remaining. But, in light of President Donald Trump’s positive COVID-19 test result on Friday, Oct. 2, many are wondering what the plan is for future general election debates. Trump is scheduled to take part in two presidential debates this month, on Oct. 15 and 22. On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Vice President Mike Pence and Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris are scheduled to take part in their only debate before Election Day. While Pence has tested negative for the virus as of Friday, that doesn’t mean he is free of COVID-19, PBS NewsHour White House correspondent Yamiche Alcindor said. "It’s going to be a big question of whether Vice President Pence is going to travel to go to a debate and whether or not Sen. Harris … is going to be wanting to stand at a podium in the same room as Vice President Pence for 90 minutes," she told PBS NewsHour national correspondent William Brangham during a livestreamed conversation. After the conversation, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced that he tested negative for COVID-19. Biden and Trump appeared on the same debate stage– with distance between the two candidates — on Tuesday Sept. 29.

Stream your PBS favorites with the PBS app:
Find more from PBS NewsHour at
Subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Follow us:

PBS NewsHour podcasts:

More News