first lady dr. Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid-19 and is experiencing mild symptoms, her spokesperson said Tuesday.
“After testing negative for Covid-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began developing cold symptoms late in the evening. She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive,” said Elizabeth Alexander, her communications director.
The first lady, who has been double vaccinated and boosted twice, is taking Paxlovid, Pfizer’s antiviral drug, according to Alexander, who told CNN that Biden received her second booster shot in April.
A person close to the first lady told CNN on Tuesday morning that Jill Biden is “feeling fine” and has “cold”-like symptoms. The first lady is 71 years old, making her the oldest sitting first lady in modern American history. She exercises several times a week and takes classes at local barre gyms.
According to Alexander, this is the first time she has had Covid-19.
The first lady is currently in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, with President Joe Biden, who will return to Washington for a bill signing later Tuesday.
“She currently resides in a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after receiving two consecutive negative Covid tests,” Alexander added.
The president, who recently recovered from his own case of Covid-19, continues to test negative, press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Twitter. She added that President Biden will follow the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on close contact and will wear a mask for 10 days “inside and around others.”
“We will also increase the president’s test cadence and report those results,” Jean-Pierre added.
President Biden initially tested positive for Covid-19 on July 21. He isolated while on a Paxlovid course and eventually tested negative on July 27. However, on July 30, he tested positive for the virus again when he experienced a rebound case, which happens to some people who take Paxlovid. He went into isolation and finally got out of the White House on August 7 after testing negative for two days in a row.
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