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First Lady Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19

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First Lady Dr. Jill Biden during a speech at Jackson State. Photo by SuperTalk Mississippi

First Lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 this morning, roughly two weeks after President Joe Biden contracted the virus.

According to Communications Director Elizabeth Alexander, the first lady began exhibiting symptoms on Monday night.

“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. She tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive,” Alexander said in a statement.

The first lady and the president have been vacationing in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, with family for a little less than a week now.

Jill Biden will remain in quarantine in South Carolina until she receives two consecutive negative COVID-19 tests. The first lady, who is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots, will begin taking Paxlovid to reduce the chance of developing serious symptoms from the virus.

As for Joe Biden, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that the president received a negative test despite being in close proximity to his wife throughout the week.

Biden will follow CDC guidelines by wearing a mask for 10 days when indoors and in close proximity of others. President Biden is still expected to travel to Washington, D.C., later today to sign the Inflation Reduction Act before continuing to Delaware for the next week.

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