Aug 7 – U.S. President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 for the second day in a row on Sunday and will leave isolation after testing positive for nearly a week, the White House doctor said.
After the negative test, Biden will return to public engagement and travel, said Dr. Kevin O’Connor. The president left for his vacation home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on Sunday morning.
“I feel great,” Biden, 79, told reporters outside the White House as he left for Rehoboth Beach.
Biden first came out of White House isolation on July 27 after first testing positive for COVID-19 on July 21. On July 30, he tested positive again in what O’Connor described as a rebound phenomenon seen in a small percentage of people taking the antiviral drug Paxlovid.
Going negative again will allow Biden to go ahead with a planned trip to Kentucky on Monday and attend a White House signing of bills next week to celebrate recent legislative victories on semiconductor manufacturing and veterans’ health.
Biden suffered mild symptoms, including body aches and a cough, during his initial bout with COVID-19. The president is vaccinated and strengthened against this disease.