First Lady Jill Biden Tests Positive for COVID

By Melanie Arter | August 16, 2022 | 10:00am EDT
S President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House in Washington, DC, on August 8, 2022. - US President Joe Biden and US First Lady Jill Biden travelled to Eastern Kentucky on Monday to meet with families impacted by the deadly flooding. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden walk on the South Lawn upon returning to the White House in Washington, DC, on August 8, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) – First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID, the White House announced on Tuesday.

“After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening. She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive,” the first lady’s Communications Director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement.

“The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms. She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days. Close contacts of the First Lady have been notified. She is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests,” Alexander added.

President Biden is still expected this afternoon at a signing ceremony for the Inflation Act. He tested negative, according to the White House. He recently recovered from COVID.

“The President tested negative for COVID this morning on an antigen test. Consistent with CDC guidance because he is a close contact of the First Lady, he will mask for 10 days when indoors and in close proximity to others. We will also increase the President's testing cadence and report those results,” the White House said.

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