Jill Biden tests positive for COVID-19 during family vacation in South Carolina

First lady Jill Biden rides her bicycle along the beach while on vacation in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Aug. 14, 2022
First lady Jill Biden rides her bicycle along the beach while on vacation in Kiawah Island, South Carolina, on Aug. 14, 2022. Photo credit NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images
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First lady Jill Biden tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday while on a family vacation in South Carolina, her office said—a little over a week after President Joe Biden emerged from isolation following a COVID-19 bout of his own.

Biden began to develop “cold-like symptoms” late Monday evening after she tested negative earlier in the day, said Elizabeth Alexander, the first lady’s communications director.

Biden tested negative again on a rapid antigen test, but a PCR test came back positive.

“The First Lady is double-vaccinated, twice boosted, and only experiencing mild symptoms. She has been prescribed a course of Paxlovid and, following CDC guidance, will isolate from others for at least five days,” Alexander said, referring to the antiviral drug.

President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk across the South Lawn as they return to the White House on Aug. 08, 2022 in Washington, D.C
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden walk across the South Lawn as they return to the White House on Aug. 08, 2022 in Washington, D.C. Photo credit Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Close contacts of the first lady have been notified about her diagnosis, according to her office.

“She is currently staying at a private residence in South Carolina and will return home after she receives two consecutive negative COVID tests,” Alexander said.

The Bidens left for South Carolina last Wednesday in what was expected to be at least a week-long vacation.

When the first couple left for Kiawah Island, they were joined on Air Force One by the president’s son, Hunter Biden, daughter-in-law Melissa Cohen and grandson Beau.

The president ended his COVID-19 isolation last Sunday. He first tested positive for the coronavirus in July, but he had a rebound case and had to stay in isolation longer than expected.

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