White House press secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for Covid-19
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said she had contracted Covid-19 and was showing mild symptoms.
Psaki, 42, said she last had contact with President Joe Biden on Tuesday when she met him at the White House, where they were over six feet away from one of the other and wore masks.
Biden, who is frequently tested, last tested negative on Saturday, according to the White House.
Psaki did not accompany Biden on his overseas trip to Rome this weekend for the G20 summit and next to Glasgow on Monday for the UN Cop26 climate summit.
“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” Psaki said in a statement.
“However, today I tested positive for Covid.”
Psaki said she was showing only mild symptoms.
“Although I have not had close in-person contact with the President or senior White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after this last contact – I am disclosing the test Today’s positive by abundance of transparency, “Psaki mentioned.
White House staff and others traveling with the president have been tested daily for Covid-19 since before leaving Washington and are all fully vaccinated.
Many officials also received booster shots, due to the close environment and frequent travel associated with their work.
Mr Biden received his Covid-19 booster on September 27, shortly after federal regulators approved the third dose for many Americans.
Mr. Biden was accompanied during the trip by the Deputy Senior Press Officer, Karine Jean-Pierre.
Psaki said she would return to work in person at the end of a 10-day quarantine and after a negative rapid test.