February 1, 2023

United States First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19

First Lady Jill Biden hosts Ciara and Dr. Hina Talib Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the White House in Washington. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)
First Lady Jill Biden hosts Ciara and Dr. Hina Talib Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at the White House in Washington. (Official White House Photo by Erin Scott)

United States First Lady Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, her Communications Director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement on Tuesday.

“After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening. She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive,” wrote Alexander.

She added, “The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms. She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days.”

“Close contacts of the First Lady have been notified. She is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests,” added Alexander.

President Joseph R. Biden Jr. himself recently recovered from COVID-19. He went on strict isolation twice until he tested negative.


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