WASHINGTON, Aug 16 – U.S. first lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19 and has mild symptoms, the White House said on Tuesday, adding that President Joe Biden continued to test negative after recently recovering from the virus.
The 71-year-old first lady tested negative Monday as part of her regular testing routine. Still, a PCR test performed after she developed cold-like symptoms came back positive, her spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said.
President Biden will wear a mask for 10 days indoors and near others, because he is considered close contact with the first lady, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, White House press secretary Karine told Jean -Pierre.
He plans to return to Washington on Tuesday to sign landmark climate change and health care legislation in the afternoon before continuing to his home in Wilmington, Delaware.
“We will also increase the president’s testing cadence and announce those results,” Jen-Pierre said. On August 7, the president recovered from a recurrent case of the virus.
Jill Biden, who like her husband has been vaccinated twice and boosted with Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine, has been prescribed Paxlovide treatment and will be isolated at her vacation home for at least five days, her spokeswoman said.
The first lady is currently in South Carolina, where the Bidens were vacationing, and will return home after receiving two consecutive negative tests for COVID, her spokeswoman said.