- President Biden, VP Harris, and their wives were in close contact with a White House official who soon tested positive for COVID-19.
- Mr. Biden was tested with an antigen test, and it came negative.
President Biden, VP Harris, and their wives were in close contact with a White House official who soon tested positive for COVID-19. White House press secretary Psaki disclosed in a statement on Monday.
Mr. Biden was tested with an antigen test, and it came negative. After he was known of the staff member’s positive test, the president got a PCR test and was again tested negative. He’ll get his next test this Wednesday. The CDC’s guidance does not demand fully vaccinated individuals to quarantine after being exposed to COVID-19, so, the president will continue with his daily schedule, Psaki said.
She described the official as a “mid-level staff member” who doesn’t regularly contact Mr. Biden. On Monday morning, the official received a positive COVD-19 test three days after spending about 30 minutes in Mr. Biden’s proximity on Air Force One en route to Philadelphia from South Carolina.
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The staff member is fully vaccinated, had received a booster shot, and tested negative before getting into Air Force One. The official didn’t start to experience symptoms until Sunday.
Psaki said those in close contact with the official on Air Force One are being contacted and advised to take a COVID-19 test according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidance.
According to new information released by the CDC on Monday, the president’s exposure occurred as the highly transmissible Omicron variant overtook the Delta variant as the most dominant strain of COVID-19 in the U.S. The variant makes up more than 73% of new infections, a nearly six-fold increase compared to the week before.
Omicron, the new cases are seen in the South, Central Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and New York.
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