WASHINGTON — Jill Biden, the primary lady, tested positive for the coronavirus again on Wednesday in what her office described as a rebound case, forcing her to isolate once more.
“The primary lady has experienced no re-emergence of symptoms and can remain in Delaware where she has reinitiated isolation procedures,” Kelsey Donohue, her deputy communications director, said in a press release. “The White House Medical Unit has conducted contact tracing, and shut contacts have been notified.”
President Biden returned to Washington from Rehoboth Beach, Del., on Wednesday morning, hours before the announcement about Dr. Biden’s positive test. The president tested negative within the morning, in accordance with the White House.
Mr. Biden is taken into account an in depth contact of Dr. Biden and can wear a mask for 10 days while indoors and shut to others, the White House said.
The primary lady’s experience mirrors that of the president, who after his initial bout with Covid-19 last month was forced to return to isolation with a rebound case.
Dr. Biden first tested positive for the virus on Aug. 15 while on vacation with Mr. Biden in South Carolina, and she or he remained there to isolate. On Sunday, her office announced that she had received negative results on two consecutive tests and would travel to Delaware later within the day.
After initially testing positive for the virus, each the president and the primary lady were prescribed Paxlovid, an antiviral medication that helps lessen the results of the virus. However the medication may cause those that take it to check positive and even experience symptoms again after ending the treatment and testing negative. Ms. Donohue described the test result on Wednesday as “a ‘rebound’ positivity.”