White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement tonight that Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID and will “continue with his daily schedule” after having “close contact” with an aide who has tested positive.
“As we stated last summer, we believe it is in the public’s interest to know if any of the four principals (President, Vice President, First Lady, and Second Gentleman) are considered to have been in close contact with a White House official who subsequently tests positive for COVID-19 shortly after that contact,” Psaki began in the statement.
“The criteria for what is considered a ‘close contact’ with the principals is determined by the White House Medical Unit, in line with CDC guidance,” Psaki explained
Psaki then laid out the timeline for what took place:
On Monday morning, a mid-level staff member, who does not regularly have contact with the President, received a positive result for a COVID-19 test.
Three days earlier, on Friday, that staff member had spent approximately 30 minutes in proximity to the President on Air Force One, on the way from Orangeburg, South Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
This staff member is fully vaccinated and boosted, and tested negative prior to boarding Air Force One, as is required for everyone traveling with the President.
This staff member did not begin to experience symptoms until Sunday, and was tested on Monday.
“Others on Air Force One who were in close contact with this staff member are being contacted and will be advised to get tested per CDC guidance,” Psaki reported.
Psaki then said about Biden, “The President is tested on a regular basis. As part of that regular testing, the President received an antigen test Sunday, and tested negative.”
“This morning, after being notified of the staffer’s positive test, the President received a PCR test and tested negative. He will be tested again on Wednesday,” Psaki announced.
Psaki concluded by noting, “As CDC guidance does not require fully vaccinated people to quarantine after an exposure, the President will continue with his daily schedule.”
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