WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2022 (HealthDay News) — After testing negative for COVID-19 and coming out of self-isolation last Sunday, First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for the virus again Wednesday.
“After testing negative on Tuesday, the first lady has just tested positive for COVID-19 in an antigen test,” the first lady’s deputy communications director, Kelsey Donohue, said in a statement. “It means ‘rebounding’ to the positive.”
“The first lady has not experienced any recurrence of symptoms and will remain in the state of Delaware, where she has resumed isolation procedures,” Donoghue added. “The White House Medical Branch has conducted contact tracing and close contacts have been notified.”
Biden returned to public life on Sunday after self-isolating on Kiawah Island, South Carolina, where she first tested positive while vacationing there with her husband, President Joe Biden, and their family. Associated Press reported. He contractual of COVID last month and also suffered a rebound after taking the antiviral pill Paxlovid in early August. Jill Biden was fully vaccinated and fortified, also given Paxlavide and isolated for five days after her first positive test the week before.
“After testing negative for COVID-19 during routine testing on Monday, the first lady developed cold-like symptoms late at night,” Biden’s communications director, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement at the time of her first positive test. “She tested negative again for the rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive.”
The first time the first lady’s symptoms were mild.
In accordance with AP, The Bidens have been vacationing in South Carolina since August 10.
President Biden only recently recovered from his own mild case of COVID-19, and also experienced “rebound” case during the illness, after the second positive test.
Learn more about COVID-19 in the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
SOURCES: Statement from the Office of the First Lady, August 24, 2022; Associated Press