White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive for COVID-19, she said in a statement on Sunday.
Psaki said she tested positive for the coronavirus today after members of her household tested positive for the virus last week, prompting her to quarantine.
Psaki, who tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before testing positive today, said she last met President Biden on Tuesday while socially distanced and wearing a mask.
She added that she has experienced only mild symptoms, thanking the vaccine for that, and announcing that she may return to work after ten days from today and a COVID-19 negative test result.
She wrote, “On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the President due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19.
“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, today, I tested positive for COVID.
“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency.
“I last saw the President on Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks.
“Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms which has enabled me to continue working from home. I will plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of the ten day quarantine following a negative rapid test, which is an additional White House requirement, beyond CDC guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution.”