The White House on Monday afternoon said that President Joe Biden had close contact with several individuals as he continues to test positive for COVID-19.
“He’s feeling fine,” Jean-Pierre said, adding, “Many of us have had COVID, and they tend to be lingering symptoms, and that’s what I’m talking about."
After the diagnosis, Biden has been "working eight-plus hours a day,” the press secretary continued. “That is a schedule he continues to keep. Instead of doing it in the Oval Office, he’s doing it in the residence.”Biden tested positive for the virus again on Saturday after several days of negative tests. His doctor, White House physician Kevin O'Connor said that the second positive test was due to him taking the Pfizer-made drug Paxlovid.
The president will continue to be under strict isolation for now, O’Connor said in a Monday morning memo. Per Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines, Biden has to quarantine for at least five days after testing positive for the virus.
About a week ago, the president briefly emerged from quarantine following a negative test, delivering remarks at a White House Rose Garden event.
With the positive test, it means that Biden won't attend a scheduled event in Saginaw County, Michigan, the White House said in a pool report. It's not clear if his trip will be rescheduled.
Like Biden, White House medical adviser Anthony Fauci said in June that he tested positive for COVID-19 as he was taking Paxlovid. Fauci said he tested negative for the virus for four straight days before he got a positive test.
Before the rebound, Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on July 17. He received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021, his first booster shot in September, and his second booster dose in March 2022.