First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19 in rebound case


first Lady jill biden tested positive for COVID-19 In a “rebound” case on Wednesday, his office said.

first Lady — who first tested positive on 16 August — received her second negative test on Sunday and joined the president in Delaware, coming out of her isolation period spent in South Carolina. She tested negative again on Tuesday, her deputy communications director Kelsey Donohue said.

According to the White House, the president tested negative for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

“The First Lady has not experienced a recurrence of symptoms, and will remain in Delaware where she has resumed isolation procedures,” Donohue said in a statement Wednesday. “The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing and close contacts have been notified.”

First Lady Jill Biden rides her bicycle along the beach during vacation a day before she tested positive for the coronavirus, Kiawah Island, SC, Aug. 14, 2022.

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The president returned to the White House from Delaware on Wednesday morning. The first lady was supposed to accompany her husband to an event of the Democratic National Committee in Maryland on Thursday, but will now be in isolation in Delaware.

“The president will wear a mask for 10 days when indoors and around others,” a White House official said. “We will also continue to increase the president’s testing cadence and continue to report those results.”

Jill Biden, who has been double vaccinated and boosted twice, was prescribed the antiviral treatment Paxlovid, which President Biden also took after testing positive last month. Like his wife, the president also faced a rebound COVID-19 case.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

ABC News’ Molly Nagle and Sarah Kolinowski contributed to this report.


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