Announcing on Sunday that she has been tested positive for the coronavirus, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, 42, is experiencing mild symptoms.
Explaining that she was last in contact with President Joe Biden last Tuesday, she stated that they were more than 6 feet apart and wearing masks. Biden, who is tested frequently, last tested negative on Saturday, according to the White House.
According to her statement, Psaki had planned to travel with the president but scrapped the trip just as he was set to depart for Europe after learning that members of her household had tested positive for COVID-19. “Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” Psaki said in a statement. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID.”
Psaki, who is fully vaccinated, said she is only exhibiting mild symptoms.
“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki said.
She added that she would return to work in person at the conclusion of a 10-day quarantine and following a negative rapid test.