Alexander said the first lady was prescribed a course of Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that President Joe Biden also prescribed when he tested positive for Covid in late July. The president first tested positive for the virus on July 21 but then experienced a positive rebound on July 30, a phenomenon that occurs in some Paxlovid patients. After two consecutive negative tests, the president ended his isolation last week.
The first lady’s positive result follows the Bidens’ family vacation to Kiawah Island, South Carolina, and when they were due to return to Washington later Tuesday.
The first lady will remain in South Carolina to self-isolate for at least five days and will return home after receiving two consecutive negative tests, Alexander said. The president tested negative for Covid on Tuesday and will return to Washington on his schedule, a White House spokesperson said in a statement. The president is expected to sign the Inflation Reduction Act later on Tuesday.
The White House did not immediately return a request for comment on whether Biden would alter his schedule based on the first lady’s positive Covid result.
“As per CDC guidelines as he is a close contact of the First Lady, he will mask up for 10 days indoors and near others. We will also increase the President’s testing cadence and report those results,” the White House spokesperson said.