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White House press secretary tests positive for Covid-19

By Amina Wako November 1st, 2021 1 min read

White House press secretary Jen Psaki has tested positive for Covid-19.

In a statement on Sunday, Psaki further said she had last seen President Joe Biden on Tuesday.

A few days ago, Psaki pulled out of the president’s overseas trip due to a family emergency.

On Sunday she revealed that the emergency was “members of my household tested positive for Covid-19.”

“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for Covid on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. However, today, I tested positive for Covid-19. 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. I last saw the president on Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six feet apart, and wore masks.”

Psaki is vaccinated and said she is only experiencing mild symptoms. She plans to return to work at the end of a 10-day quarantine period following a negative rapid Covid-19 test.

The 42-year-old is the most high-profile person in the Biden administration known to have contracted Covid-19 since he took office in January.