WASHINGTON — First lady Jill Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Monday and will return to Washington on Tuesday, nearly a week after contracting a “rebound” case of the coronavirus.
Its director of communications, Elizabeth Alexander, announced the negative test in a statement Monday night.
Jill Biden had been isolating at her family’s home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, since she tested positive on August 24, and at the time, her spokeswoman said she did not have any symptoms. She first tested positive for the virus on August 15, when she and President Joe Biden were vacationing on Kiawah Island, South Carolina.
The president, who has had his own back-to-back cases of COVID-19, was identified as a close contact of his wife and the White House said he was undergoing more frequent testing for the virus as a precaution. While guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention called for Biden to wear a face covering around other people indoors, he was seen without a mask hugging and taking selfies with supporters during an indoor rally Thursday in the suburbs of Washington.
Jill Biden, 71, and her husband, 79, have been vaccinated twice and boosted twice with the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. She had been prescribed the antiviral drug Paxlovid, which has been shown to be highly effective in preventing serious illness and death among people most at risk of COVID-19. A minority of those who received the drug experienced a rebound case of the virus a few days after their initial recovery.
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