Alexander noted that 71-year-old Jill Biden is “double-vaccinated, twice-boosted and only experiencing mild symptoms.” 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 first lady is “feeling good,” the president told reporters after returning to Washington from South Carolina on Tuesday.
Jill Biden was scheduled to visit Florida on Thursday and Friday to speak at two events dedicated to veterans and military families.