First lady Jill Biden has again tested positive for COVID-19, the White House announced Wednesday – just a day after testing negative.
“After testing negative on Tuesday, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19 through an antigen test,” according to a statement released by her deputy director of communications, Kelsey Donohue. “It represents ‘rebound’ positivity.”
As a result, the first lady, who was due to return to the White House on Wednesday with the president, stayed in Delaware as he arrived alone on Marine One.
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Donohue’s statement says the first lady has experienced “no recurrence of symptoms” and will remain in Delaware where she is self-isolating again.
“The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing and close contacts have been notified,” the statement concluded.
Earlier, the White House announced that the president tested negative for COVID on Wednesday morning during an antigen test.
In close contact with his wife, he will hide for 10 days indoors and near others, the White House said, adding that his “testing cadence” will be increased.
The first lady, 71, had been struggling with COVID issues since the couple’s vacation in South Carolina, when she was forced to stay behind for an additional five days in self-isolation while returning to Delaware and Washington. The White House said it had experienced only mild symptoms of the virus.
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She first tested positive for the virus on August 15, while she and the president and their family members were vacationing on Kiawah Island, South Carolina. She isolated herself in the seaside town until she received two negative tests and was allowed to meet the president at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Sunday.
After returning to Washington, the couple were scheduled to attend a fundraising event for the Democratic National Committee in nearby Montgomery County, Maryland on Thursday, but that’s now over, at least for her.
Like her husband, the first lady was twice vaccinated and twice boosted with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. She had been prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which has been effective in preventing serious illness and death in those most at risk of COVID-19. But a minority of those prescribed the drug experienced a rebound case of the virus within days of their initial recovery.
Contributor: The Associated Press