First lady Jill Biden tests positive for coronavirus

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First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for coronavirus and will isolate and begin antiviral treatment, according to the White House.

“After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began developing cold symptoms late in the evening,” her spokeswoman Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. “She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive.”

Alexander noted that Jill Biden, 71, “has been double vaccinated, boosted twice and experiencing only mild symptoms.” The first lady has been given the antiviral therapy Paxlovid and will isolate herself from others for at least five days, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“Close contacts of the First Lady have been informed,” Alexander said. “She currently resides in a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after receiving two consecutive negative COVID tests.”

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The first lady’s positive test comes a few weeks after President Biden, 79, tested positive for the coronavirus on July 21. The president tested negative for the coronavirus on an antigen test Tuesday morning, but will mask for 10 days when he is inside and around to others because he is in close contact with the first lady, said White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre .

“We will also increase the president’s test cadence and report those results,” she added.

Jill Biden was due to travel to Florida on Thursday and Friday to speak at two events dedicated to veterans and military families.

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