President Biden tests positive again for COVID-19 in ‘rebound’ case
President Joe Biden has tested positive again for COVID-19 as doctors say the result is due to a “rebound” case with the virus.
Patrick Colson-Price, USA TODAY
WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue his isolation until he tests negative for a second time.
The president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, wrote in a letter that Biden tested negative Saturday. “The president continues to feel well,” O’Connor wrote.
“In an abundance of caution, the president will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously announced,” O’Connor said.
Biden has isolated inside the White House since last Saturday after testing positive for COVID-19 as part of a rebound virus. Patients treated with the antiviral medication Paxlovid sometimes experience a rebound case.
His second infection came just three days after he was cleared of the virus after testing negative following an initial infection July 21.
On Monday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to visit Eastern Kentucky to visit families affected by recent flooding that ravaged the region.
Paxlovid is an at-home antiviral therapy for those at higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19. Biden, 79, was at risk because of his age. He’s vaccinated and boosted against the virus.
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