First lady Jill Biden tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday and is experiencing “mild symptoms,” the White House said. President Joe Biden has tested negative.
The diagnosis Tuesday boosted the first lady’s plans to begin teaching the fall semester at Northern Virginia Community College. She will work with the school to “ensure her classes are inclusive of people with disabilities,” said Vanessa Valdivia, a spokeswoman for the first lady.
Staying at the family home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, Dr. Biden usually teaches on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
There are no changes to the White House’s Covid protocols or the president’s schedule at this time, an administration official told CNN on Monday.
The 72-year-old first lady’s diagnosis comes amid a busy week for Joe Biden, who delivered a Labor Day speech in Philadelphia earlier in the day. The president is scheduled to present the medal to an Army captain at a White House ceremony on Tuesday before leaving for the G20 summit in India on Thursday.
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CNN has asked for more details on the president and first lady’s regular Covid testing cadence and whether Joe Biden was with his wife when she started exhibiting Covid symptoms.
Last summer, the first lady tested positive for Covid-19 after vacationing in South Carolina in August. President Biden tested positive last July. Both experienced relapse shortly after treatment with Paxlovid.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters in the White House briefing room in July that anyone who meets the president is still being tested for Covid-19 after members of Israeli President Isaac Herzog’s delegation tested positive ahead of the bilateral meeting. .
“We have testing protocols in place anytime — any time someone meets the president,” Jean-Pierre said at the time. “So I can tell you that anybody who meets with the president is really going to be vetted. I do. We do everything.”
Jill Biden’s diagnosis comes amid renewed attention to Covid-19 as the world approaches its fourth virus season since the coronavirus hit the scene.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showed a slight increase in early summer hospital admissions, emergency department visits and positive Covid-19 tests — though not as much as in past summers.
Overall, there were four new hospitalizations for every 100,000 people nationwide in the week ending Aug. 19, which is considered low, the CDC said. Thresholds. Seven districts had the highest number of Covid-19 hospitals. But 117 districts – 3.6% of the country – were in the middle threshold. A quarter of those counties were in Florida.
A new variant, BA.2.86, has attracted the attention of scientists because it is so mutated, but so far it has only been detected in a small number of people worldwide. Still, “it doesn’t look good in terms of the relentless evolution of the virus,” said Dr. Eric Topol, a cardiologist at the Scripps Research Translational Institute. The virus “continues to find new ways to challenge humans, find new hosts, and find new hosts again, and it’s relentless.”
This story has been updated with additional information.