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Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, her communications director said Tuesday, with the First Lady now isolating for at least five days.
A statement from Elizabeth Alexander said Dr. Biden, 71, was “only experiencing mild symptoms” of the illness, and that she is being treated with Paxlovid. News of the First Lady’s case comes just weeks after her husband, Joe Biden, first tested positive for the illness.
“After testing negative for COVID-19 on Monday during her regular testing cadence, the First Lady began to develop cold-like symptoms late in the evening,” the statement read. “She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive. The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms.”
“She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days,” the statement continued. Paxlovid is the same antiviral treatment which was used to treat the president after he contracted the virus, and is typically given to older patients or those who may be at risk of developing serious illness from COVID.
“Close contacts of the First Lady have been notified,” Alexander's statement continued. “She is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests.”
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