Biden to end isolation at White House after second consecutive negative COVID test
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President Biden will end his White House quarantine after testing negative for a second time for COVID-19 on Sunday.
In a memo to White House press secretary Karin Jean-Pierre, the president’s doctor, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said Biden’s SARS-CoV-2 antigen test was “negative for the second day in a row.”
“He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,” the Sunday memo added.
On Sunday, Biden was photographed leaving the White House to board Marine One.
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“I feel good,” Biden said before boarding the plane, according to the Associated Press.
The Bidens are expected to spend the day at Rehoboth Beach, a popular resort.
On Saturday, O’Connor said the president “continues to feel good” when he announced his first negative test since Biden bounced back positive last Saturday.
The president first tested positive for the coronavirus on July 21, when the White House said he started using Paxlovid. Biden has been fully vaccinated and boosted twice.
Biden’s vitals remained normal during the infection, but his symptoms included a runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches, according to his doctor.
After days of quarantine, Biden tested negative during speeches in the Rose Garden on July 26 and July 27, telling Americans they could “live fearlessly” if they got booster shots virus, if they get sick and seek treatment.
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But Biden saw a resurgence of COVID-19 cases on July 30, forcing him to quarantine again. He occasionally speaks from the White House balcony, such as when he commemorates the killing of an al Qaeda leader or a strong jobs report. He continued to test positive until Saturday when he received his first negative result.
While the president quarantines at the White House residence, the first lady remains in Delaware.
The Bidens are scheduled to visit Kentucky on Monday to review flood damage and meet with family members.
This is a developing story. Check for updates. The Associated Press contributed to this report.