White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Sunday that she had tested positive for COVID-19.
“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior White House management and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel overseas with the President due to a family emergency as my family members had tested positive for COVID-19, “Psaki said in a statement.
“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. Although I have not had close in-person contact with the president or senior White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after this last contact – I disclose today’s positive test for an abundance of transparency.
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“I last saw the president on Tuesday when we sat outside more than six feet apart and wore masks,” Psaki added. “Thanks to the vaccine, I only experienced mild symptoms that allowed me to continue working from home. I plan to return to work in person at the end of the ten-day quarantine following a negative rapid test,” which is an additional blank House requirement, beyond CDC advice, taken with excess of caution. “