White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tests Positive for Coronavirus

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on March 17, 2022, in Washington. Psaki announced she recently tested positive for COVID-19. Patrick Semansky/AP

White House press secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, though she said she is not considered a close contact of President Biden.

“Today, in preparation for travel to Europe, I took a PCR test this morning. That test came back positive, which means I will be adhering to [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)] guidance and no longer be traveling on the President’s trip to Europe,” Psaki said in a statement.

Psaki said she met twice with Biden on Monday, but both interactions were socially distanced and she is not considered a close contact. The CDC defines a close contact as someone who was less than 6 feet away from an infected individual for more than 15 minutes.

Biden tested negative for COVID-19 on Tuesday, Psaki said.

“Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms. In alignment with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will work from home and plan to return to work in person at the conclusion of a five-day isolation period and a negative test,” Psaki said.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Brett Samuels

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