WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden tested negative for the coronavirus but will continue his isolation until he tests negative for a second time.
The president’s physician, Kevin O’Connor, wrote in a memo that Biden tested negative Saturday. “The president continues to feel well,” he 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.
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Biden has isolated inside the White House since last Saturday after testing positive for the coronavirus. Patients treated with the antiviral medication Paxlovid sometimes experience a rebound case of COVID-19.
His second infection came three days after he was cleared of the virus. He tested negative after an initial infection July 21.
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Monday, Biden and first lady Jill Biden are scheduled to visit eastern Kentucky to visit families affected by 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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