By Kaden Scharnow
First Lady Dr. Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday August 16th, after her regular Monday testing came up negative, she started experiencing cold-like symptoms late that evening. She was given a rapid antigen test to which she turned up negative, but when a PCR test was administered, it came back positive for COVID-19. The First Lady was on vacation with President Biden at Kiawah Island in South Carolina when she was tested. She and the President were meant to return to Washington later that evening for a bill signing, but given her condition, she is now staying in a private residence on Kiawah Island.
This was the First Lady’s first time testing positive for COVID-19 after President Biden tested positive on July 21st. The President also masked up for 10 days indoors and in close proximity to others, as he was the closest to the First Lady at the time, according to White House Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. The President’s testing cadence was also increased. When President Biden returned to the White House last Tuesday, reporters were told that the first lady was “doing well.” The First Lady was scheduled to speak at two events dedicated to veterans and military families in Florida Thursday and Friday, but couldn’t make it due to isolation.
After quarantine for a few days, the first lady tested negative for COVID-19, and left the South Carolina residence for Delaware Sunday afternoon on the 21st, according to Elizabeth Alexander, her communications director. She will be joining President Biden after he arrives in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware Saturday evening on the 20th.The First Lady had been taking the drug Paxaloid to help ease the symptoms. Having taken her second booster shot in April, the first lady is fully vaccinated. Reports from White House officials say that during isolation, the first lady was planning for the upcoming fall term as an English professor at North Virginia Community College.
As of currently, the President, first lady, and the Biden family are healthy and doing well.