Biden tests negative for COVID-19 but will continue White House isolation, physician says

Biden tests negative for COVID-19 but will continue White House isolation, physician says
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  • President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday after rebound case.
  • Biden will continue his isolation in the White House pending the results of a second antigen test.

President Joe Biden on Saturday tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue his isolation pending another test, according to the White House physician.

Biden's physician, Kevin O'Connor, said in a memo that the president had a negative antigen test this morning and remarked that the commander-in-chief was feeling "very well."

"The President continues to feel very well," he wrote. "Given his rebound positivity which we reported last Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring. This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing was negative."

He continued: "In an abundance of caution, the President will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously described."

On July 21, the White House announced that Biden tested positive for COVID-19 and was "experiencing very mild symptoms" and had "begun taking Paxlovid," an antiviral drug.


A little over a week later, on July 30, Biden tested positive for the virus again and stayed in isolation, although he said at the time he was in good spirits.

"Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again," he tweeted at the time. "This happens with a small minority of folks. I've got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I'm still at work, and will be back on the road soon."

The president and first lady Jill Biden are slated to travel to Kentucky next week to meet with families after devastating floods killed at least 24 people and ravaged several communities in the eastern part of the state.