First lady Jill Biden tests negative for COVID-19, will return to Delaware

First lady Jill Biden tested negative for COVID-19 and will leave South Carolina, where she had been isolated, and rejoin President Joe Biden in Delaware, her communications director, Elizabeth Alexander, said in a statement on Sunday.

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“After isolating for five days and receiving negative results from two consecutive COVID-19 tests, the First Lady will depart South Carolina later today for Delaware,” Alexander said in a written statement.

The White House announced on Tuesday that Jill Biden, 71, had tested positive for COVID-19, The Associated Press reported. The first lady, who had been vaccinated twice and had two booster shots, first had symptoms the day before while vacationing with the President in South Carolina.

She received her second booster shot in April, CNN reported.

Joe Biden, 79, first tested positive for COVID-19 on July 21 and isolated at the White House while the first lady remained at the couple’s Delaware residence. He emerged from isolation six days later, but developed a “rebound” case on July 30.

The President recovered from a rebound case of COVID-19 on Aug. 7, according to the AP.

Jill Biden took the antiviral drug Paxlovid and isolated at the Kiawah Island vacation home for five days before receiving negative results from two consecutive COVID-19 tests, Alexander said.

Jill Biden planned to travel to Delaware later Sunday, Alexander said. The President arrived in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, on Saturday evening, CNN reported.

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