Jen Psaki, Joe Biden’s White House Press Secretary, said Sunday that she had tested positive for Covid-19.
Psaki, 42, did not travel with Biden to Rome for the G20 summit, from which the president was to travel on to Glasgow for the Cop26 climate talks.
In a statement, Psaki said she remained in the United States “due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for Covid-19. Since then, I have been quarantined and tested negative via PCR for Covid on Wednesday, Thursday. , Friday and Saturday.But today I tested positive for Covid.
“Although I have not had close personal contact with the President or senior members of White House staff since Wednesday and tested negative for four days after the last contact, I reveal today’s positive test from an abundance of transparency.”
The news of a positive test for such a close aide to the president came just over a year after an outburst in the White House reached the then president, Donald Trump, who was forced to spend time in the hospital.
Psaki said she last saw Biden, 78, on Tuesday, “as we sat outside more than 6 feet apart wearing masks”.
She also said that “thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms, which has enabled me to continue working from home.
“I plan to return to work in person at the end of the 10-day quarantine after a negative quick test, which is an additional requirement of the White House beyond [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution. “