The first lady of the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus after she experienced cold-like symptoms on Monday evening.
The White House announced on Tuesday morning that Jill Biden, who has been double-vaccinated with two boosters, has COVID. President Joe Biden himself recently recovered from the coronavirus after repeatedly testing positive.
Folks, I'm doing great. Thanks for your concern. Just called Senator Casey, Congressman Cartwright, and Mayor Cognetti (and my Scranton cousins!) to send my regrets for missing our event today.
Keeping busy! pic.twitter.com/uf7AsOg571
— President Biden (@POTUS) July 21, 2022
The first lady’s positive test was confirmed through a PCR test, the White House said, and she first tested negative through a rapid antigen test. Jill Biden is experiencing mild symptoms.
According to a pool report, Joe Biden tested negative today and will return to Washington, D.C., from his South Carolina vacation as planned, while his wife will remain in South Carolina to isolate. She reportedly won’t return to D.C. until she has had two consecutive negative COVID tests.
“The President tested negative for COVID this morning on an antigen test,” the White House press secretary tweeted. “Consistent with CDC guidance because he is a close contact of the First Lady, he will mask for 10 days when indoors and in close proximity to others. We will also increase the President’s testing cadence and report those results.”
This evening, Biden will reportedly travel to New Castle, Delaware, after signing the Inflation Reduction Act this afternoon.