“This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19.”
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in an official statement on Thursday morning.
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- President Biden is 79 years old.
- "He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms," the White House statement reads.
- The president's health has made news over the last 24 hours — at an event on Wednesday, Pres. Biden misspoke and said he has cancer (using present tense). The White House deputy press secretary shared a tweet afterwards, referencing the president's previous non-melanoma skin cancers.
Full Statement: July 21, 2022, at approximately 10:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
This morning, President Biden tested positive for COVID-19. He is fully vaccinated and twice boosted and experiencing very mild symptoms.
He has begun taking Paxlovid. Consistent with CDC guidelines, he will isolate at the White House and will continue to carry out all of his duties fully during that time. He has been in contact with members of the White House staff by phone this morning, and will participate in his planned meetings at the White House this morning via phone and Zoom from the residence.
Consistent with White House protocol for positive COVID cases, which goes above and beyond CDC guidance, he will continue to work in isolation until he tests negative. Once he tests negative, he will return to in-person work.
Out of an abundance of transparency, the White House will provide a daily update on the President’s status as he continues to carry out the full duties of the office while in isolation.
Per standard protocol for any positive case at the White House, the White House Medical Unit will inform all close contacts of the President during the day today, including any Members of Congress and any members of the press who interacted with the President during yesterday’s travel. The President’s last previous test for COVID was Tuesday, when he had a negative test result.