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Biden tests negative after COVID-19 rebound case

(The Hill) – President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday, a week after he first tested positive with a “rebound” case of the virus.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, the White House physician, said in a letter that Biden “continues to feel very well” but will not leave solitary confinement until he has a second negative test.

“In great caution, the President will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously described,” O’Connor wrote.

Biden first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 and exhibited some symptoms including a cough, body aches and a mildly elevated temperature at one point. After taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid, Biden tested negative five days after his first positive test.

But the president, just days after leaving solitary confinement, tested positive again last Saturday in what is described as a “rebound case” that may be associated with some taking Paxlovid. Biden isolated himself at the White House last week, although O’Connor reported in daily updates that the president had not experienced a recurrence of symptoms, other than a mild cough.

Biden is scheduled to travel to Kentucky on Monday with the first lady to tour flood damage in the eastern part of the state, pending a second negative test.


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