Biden to end White House isolation after second consecutive negative COVID test


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President Biden will end isolation at the White House after a second negative COVID-19 test on Sunday.

In a memo for White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the president’s physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said Biden’s SARS-CoV-2 antigen test “was negative for a second consecutive day”.

“He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,” the memo added on Sunday.

Biden was pictured leaving the White House on Sunday to board Marine One.

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President Biden answers questions from reporters as he walks to Marine One at the White House en route to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Sunday, August 7, 2022.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

“I feel great,” Biden said before boarding, according to The Associated Press.

The Bidens were to spend the day at Rehoboth Beach, a popular vacation destination.

President Joe Biden waves as he boards Marine One en route to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Sunday, August 7, 2022.

President Joe Biden waves as he boards Marine One en route to his home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Sunday, August 7, 2022.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

On Saturday, O’Connor said the president “continues to feel great” as he announced his first negative test since Biden’s rebound positivity last Saturday.

The president first tested positive for the coronavirus on July 21, when the White House said he launched Paxlovid. Biden is fully vaccinated and twice boosted.

According to his doctor, Biden’s vital signs remained normal throughout his infection, but his symptoms included a runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches.

President Biden departs the White House for his home in Rehoboth Beach, Sunday, August 7, 2022.

President Biden departs the White House for his home in Rehoboth Beach, Sunday, August 7, 2022.
(AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

After self-isolating for several days, Biden tested negative on July 26 and 27, when he gave a speech at the Rose Garden, telling Americans they can “live without fear” of the virus if they receive reminders, testing themselves for the virus if they get sick and seeking treatments.

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But Biden caught a rebound case of COVID-19 on July 30, forcing him into self-isolation again. He sometimes delivered speeches from a White House balcony, such as when he scored the killing of an al-Qaeda leader or a strong jobs report. He continued to test positive until Saturday, when he received his first negative result.

While the president isolated himself in the White House residence, the first lady stayed in Delaware.

The Bidens are scheduled to travel to Kentucky on Monday to view flood damage and meet with families.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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