White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR


White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 17, 2022 in Washington. PSAki announced that she recently tested positive for COVID-19.

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19 : Coronavirus Updates : NPR

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 17, 2022 in Washington. PSAki announced that she recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Patrick Semansky/AP

White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Tuesday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.

In a statement posted to Twitter, Psaki said she had two “socially distanced meetings” with Biden on Monday and said he was not considered a close contact by CDC guidance.

Biden tested negative by a PCR test on Tuesday, she said.

“Today, in preparation for the trip to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. This test came back positive, which means I will follow CDC guidelines and will not travel again on the President’s trip to Europe,” PSAki wrote on Twitter. .

It is the second time that Psaki has tested positive for the virus, and the second time that she will miss an international trip because of it. Last fall, the press secretary tested positive just before Biden’s trip to the G-20 summit in Rome.

PSAki, who is fully vaccinated, said she was experiencing “mild symptoms” and would work from home until her five-day isolation ended and she tested negative for COVID-19.

President Biden is due to leave for Brussels and Warsaw on Wednesday.




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