Jill Biden, 71, is “double vaccinated, twice boosted and experiencing only mild symptoms,” Alexander noted. The first lady has been prescribed the antiviral therapy paxlovid and will be isolated from others for at least five days, according to guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“Close associates of the first lady have been notified,” Alexander said. “He is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after receiving two consecutive negative COVID tests.”
President Biden, 79, comes weeks after the first lady’s positive test. The test conducted on July 21 confirmed the presence of corona infection. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president tested negative for the coronavirus in an antigen test Tuesday morning, but he will wear a mask for 10 days indoors and when in close contact with others because he is a close contact of the first lady.
“We will increase the testing capacity of the president and report those results,” he added.
The president, who returned to Washington from South Carolina on Tuesday, told reporters that the first lady was “doing fine.”
Jill Biden was scheduled to visit Florida on Thursday and Friday to speak at two events dedicated to veterans and military families.