On Thursday, President Joe Biden tested positive for Covid, with the announcement coming less than 24 hours after he issued an address in Massachusetts regarding the climate.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre issued a statement on Thursday morning confirming the president’s test results, saying that Biden is currently experiencing “very mild symptoms” and is taking Paxlovid, an antiviral treatment for Covid.
“Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence,” Jean-Pierre wrote.
The Press Secretary stated that consistent with White House protocol for Covid, the president will work in isolation until he tests negative, upon which he will return to in-person work.
“Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation,” Jean-Pierre wrote.
“Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel. The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result,” Jean-Pierre added.
The positive Covid test results come less than one day after Biden’s climate speech in Massachusetts, where he said that he has cancer.
“That’s why I and so damn many other people I grew up [with] have cancer, and why for the longest time, Delaware had the highest cancer rate in the nation,” Biden said.
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