US NEWS: First Lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID-19 and will come out of isolation

Washington – First lady Jill Biden tested negative for COVID-19 and will leave self-isolation five days after her first positive test, her office said Sunday.

“After five days of self-isolation and receiving negative results from two consecutive tests for COVID-19, the first lady will fly from South Carolina to Delaware today,” Elizabeth Alexander, the first lady’s communications director, said in a statement.

Biden has been in self-isolation in South Carolina since last Tuesday, when she tested positive toward the end of a family vacation. President Biden, who recently overcame two bouts of COVID-19, tested negative for the virus and briefly returned to Washington before flying to Delaware.

The first lady is vaccinated twice and has received two booster shots, her office said last week. She had mild cold-like symptoms and was treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovid.

The president first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 and is in isolation at the White House while the first lady remains at the couple’s residence in Delaware. He came out of isolation six days later, but on 30 July he developed a “rebound” case that forced him to isolate again until 7 August.

Last week, he was considered to be in close contact with the first lady, and the White House said he would wear a mask for the next 10 days while in close proximity to others.

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