White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Sunday, October 31 2021 that she has tested positive for COVID-19.
Psaki said in a statement,
“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the President due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19,”
“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” she added. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID. 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. Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms which has enabled me to continue working from home. I will plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of the ten day quarantine following a negative rapid test, which is an additional White House requirement, beyond CDC guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution,”
President Joe Biden, who was in Rome this weekend for the Group of 20 summit and will be in Glasgow, Scotland, on Monday for a United Nations climate summit, did not accompany Psaki.
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Ned Price, a spokesman for the State Department, tested positive in late September.