President Joe Biden will go back to wearing a face mask after being a close contact to First Lady Jill Biden, who tested positive for COVID on Monday.
The president remains negative after being tested on Monday night and Tuesday morning but he will follow Centers for Disease Control and Prevent guidelines when it comes to testing and masking.
‘He will be masking while indoors and around people in alignment with CDC guidance and as as has been the practice in the past. The President will remove his mask when sufficiently distance from others indoors and while outside as well,’ White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Jill Biden missed the first day of school on Tuesday. The first lady, who teaches English at the Northern Virginia Community College, is arranging a substitute for her classes.
‘She’s working with NOVA to ensure her classes are covered by a substitute,’ her office said.
The first lady remains at the couple’s Rehoboth Beach home, which is where she was when she tested positive. The Bidens spent a long holiday weekend at their vacation house and traveled to Florida together on Saturday to see damage from Hurricane Idalia.
President Joe Biden remains negative for COVID while Jill Biden missed the first day of school after testing positive
Jill Biden ‘is experiencing mild symptoms and will remain in Delaware for the week. President Biden tested negative last night for COVID-19 and tested negative again today. He’s not experiencing any symptoms,’ Jean-Pierre noted.
‘There are currently no updates to the White House COVID-19 protocols,’ she noted.
COVID cases are on the rise thoughout the country. Nationwide COVID hospitalizations increased by nearly 19% in a single week and deaths by more than 21%, according to late August data from the CDC.
Two new variants: The Omicron variant EG.5 — nicknamed Eris — has become dominant in the U.S., while BA.2.86 is starting to spread.
The first lady, 72, usually teaches classes on Tuesday and Thursday. It’s unclear when she will return to the White House and her regular schedule.
Jill Biden also was scheduled to attend a dinner on Tuesday night for U.S. athletes competing at the Invictus Games, the games for wound warriors founded by Prince Harry.
She had to cancel that appearance.
President Joe Biden will start wearing a face mask again around people – above the president wearing a face mask in January 2022
President Biden remains negative despite the close contact with his wife.
The couple spent Sunday night together at their Rehoboth Beach home before Joe flew to Philadelphia Monday to mark Labor Day with a speech to union workers.
In a statement released Monday, Jill’s spokesman Elizabeth Alexander said: ‘This evening, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19.
‘She is currently experiencing only mild symptoms. She will remain at their home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware,’ Alexander said.
Jill Biden previously had COVID last August and got stuck at the property the couple had vacationed at on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.
She was prescribed the antiviral Paxlovid and tested positive with a rebound case of COVID several days later.
President Biden tested positive for COVID last July. He also was treated with Paxlovid and suffered a rebound case days later.
Both the president and first lady are vaccinated and boosted.
The president is expected to leave Thursday for the G20 summit in New Delhi, India.
‘All travelers including the President will test before traveling to India,’ Jean-Pierre said, noting that Biden will test on a ‘regular cadence.’
She would address questions on what happens if Biden tests negative in route to the trip or how often he would test while there.
The first lady was not expected to attend.
Jill Biden visiting a school in Wisconsin last week
President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden traveled to Florida together on Saturday
While COVID cases are on the rise, neither the president nor the first lady have worn a mask in public recently.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the former head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, recently turned heads by conceding that data was lacking on whether masks stopped the spread of the virus.
‘When you’re talking about the effect on the epidemic or the pandemic as a whole, the data are less strong,’ Fauci recently said on CNN. ‘But there are other studies, that show at an individual level, for individuals, they might be protective.’