After testing negative on Monday, the White House announced Tuesday that First Lady Jill Biden had contracted COVID-19. This news was made while she was on vacation with President Joe Biden and other relatives in South Carolina.
According to Elizabeth Alexander, Jill Biden’s communications director, “The First Lady developed cold-like symptoms late at night after she tested negative for COVID-19 Monday during her regular testing schedule.” “She was negative on a second rapid antigen test but a PCR test returned positive.”
According to the statement, “[t]he First lady is double-vaccinated and twice boosted and only experiencing mild symptoms”. She has been “prescribed a course Paxlovid” and will, according to CDC guidance, isolate herself from other people for at least five consecutive days.
FLOTUS has Covid. pic.twitter.com/QvfUJYwxu3
— Jacqui Heinrich (@JacquiHeinrich) August 16, 2022
BREAKING: First lady Jill Biden has tested positive for Covid and is experiencing mild symptoms, the White House says. https://t.co/fHStaQKzjT
— NBC News (@NBCNews) August 16, 2022
The First Lady will continue to be in South Carolina until she has received two COVID-19 test results.
This news comes just weeks after President Joe Biden tested positive for coronavirus. After testing negative for the virus, he was placed in isolation and released two weeks later. The First Lady has only mild symptoms so far.