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Biden to visit Kentucky on first trip since Covid diagnosis

Biden declared a major disaster in Kentucky in late July and ordered federal assistance for local recovery efforts in areas affected by severe flooding and storms. The disaster left dozens dead and hundreds homeless in the state, with the governor describing it as “the most devastating flood our state has ever seen.”

The trip will be Biden’s first since being diagnosed with Covid on July 21. Friday’s travel announcement came on the seventh day in a row that Biden has tested positive for Covid, a case his doctor described as a “rebound” infection seen in some patients treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

Biden took the five-day Paxlovid course after his initial diagnosis and tested negative within days of completing treatment. But the president soon started testing positive again and has remained in isolation ever since. The president’s doctor, Kevin O’Connor, said Biden’s mild symptoms — like an occasional cough — had mostly resolved by Friday.

But because Biden tested positive again on Friday, he will “continue his strict isolation measures.” The White House has not said whether the trip to Kentucky will be canceled if Biden continues to test positive by Monday.

Olivia Olander contributed to this report.


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