First lady Jill Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday evening, the White House announced. She is currently experiencing only mild symptoms and will remain at her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, where she and President Joe Biden spent part of the weekend.
The president tested negative for the virus after his wife’s diagnosis, according to the White House. He then travelled back to Washington DC on his own on Monday night. The president “will test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms”, a spokeswoman said.
The first lady’s positive test comes ahead of a busy week for the president. He is due to travel to the G20 summit in India on Thursday, before a scheduled visit to Hanoi on Sunday for a one-day visit where he will meet Vietnamese leaders.
Jill Biden vaccinated and boosted against Covid-19
The first lady, 72, is vaccinated and has received boosters against Covid-19, her spokesperson Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement. She also follows the public health guidelines of wearing a mask indoors and social distancing.
The White House did not disclose how the first lady contracted the virus, but said she was tested after experiencing symptoms on Monday. The statement also said that the first lady’s staff who were in close contact with her have tested negative.
The White House has been conducting regular testing of its staff and visitors amid the ongoing pandemic. The president and the first lady have also been receiving periodic tests as a precaution.
Jill Biden met hurricane victims and Namibian president
The first lady met Florida residents impacted by Hurricane Idalia on Saturday, along with the president. She also visited a vaccination site in Miami and encouraged people to get their shots.
On Friday, the first lady hosted Namibian President Hage Geingob and his wife Monica Geingos at the White House. She praised the African nation’s efforts to combat HIV/AIDS and promote gender equality.
The White House said that all the people who interacted with the first lady during these events have been notified and advised to follow CDC guidelines.
Jill Biden second time testing positive for Covid-19
This is not the first time that the first lady has tested positive for Covid-19. She last tested positive in August 2022, a few weeks after the president did so. Both recovered without experiencing major symptoms.
The president and the first lady have been vocal advocates of vaccination and public health measures to curb the spread of the virus. They have also expressed sympathy and support for those who have lost their loved ones or suffered from Covid-19.
Cases are surging across the US after new variants emerged over the summer, but remain far below the pandemic-era peak. More than 200 million Americans have been fully vaccinated, according to CDC data.