BREAKING NEWS: Biden’s doctor confirms president is STILL testing positive for COVID and will continue his strict isolation: Insists he is still ‘feeling well’ and hasn’t left the White House in 12 days
- Biden has been stuck in the White House for 12 consecutive days
- He was treated with Paxlovid following his first positive test for infection
- First lady Jill Biden remains in the family home in Wilmington, Delaware, and has been testing negative
- Biden had planned to reunite with her Sunday before getting his ‘rebound’ case
- White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Biden is still feeling well and is showing no symptoms
President Biden’s doctor confirmed that he was still testing positive for COVID as of Monday morning and will continue his strict isolation, even as the president ‘continues to feel well.’
Biden now hasn’t left the White House complex in 12 days after he suffered a rebound case on Saturday that is believed to have been sparked by his Paxlovid treatment regimen.
White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said Biden is still feeling well and is showing no symptoms.
The president has no public appearances on his schedule on Monday. In his stead, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre will brief reporters.
‘The President continues to feel well as he starts his week,’ O’Connor wrote. ‘Given his rebound positivity which we reported Saturday, we continued daily monitoring. This morning, as could be anticipated, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing remained positive.’
President Biden’s doctor confirmed that he was still testing positive for COVID as of Monday morning and will continue his strict isolation
O’Connor said Biden would continue to work from the White House. He also explained that the president’s positive test was ‘anticipated’ given similar patients in his position.
The President will continue his strict isolation measures as previously described.’
According to O’Connor, ‘He will continue to conduct the business of the American people from the Executive Residence.’ O’Connor wrote that Biden ‘continues to be very specifically conscientious to protect any of the Executive Residence, White House, Secret Service and other staff whose duties require nay (albeit socially distanced) proximity to him.’
That means Biden will continue to stay away from the West Wing, where aides conduct official business.
It all comes at crunch time in Washington, where Biden is in sight of grabbing some policy wins even as he eschews sitting down with lawmakers.
West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin (D), who spent months negotiating directly with Biden, announced last week he had reached a deal with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer on a package that raises $739 billion in revenue, with $433 billion in spending on climate and other measures, and about $300 billion in deficit reduction.
Biden released a video from COVID isolation on Sunday where he FaceTimes with advocates on Capitol Hill in lieu of going down there to help champion the PACT Act, which was defeated by Republicans and aims to aid veterans who were impacted by burn bits and other toxic chemicals
But Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Ariz.), whose vote would be crucial for passage, has yet to give the ‘reconciliation’ proposal, which is protected from Republican filibuster, a green light.
And House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is on a tour of Asia, with aggressive statements out of Beijing over reports she plans to visit Taiwan.
The president had tested negative for COVID-19 four days in a row after being infected last month. But medical experts insist his rebound case, while rare, is not completely unusual.
He tested positive on Saturday, and went back into isolation. Officials said he had six close contacts before the positive hit.
Physicians have noted that some people in higher risk categories who are treated with Paxlovid, as Biden was, are prone to suffer ‘rebound’ infections.
First lady Jill Biden remains in the family home in Wilmington, Delaware, and has been testing negative.
Biden had planned to reunite with her Sunday before getting his ‘rebound’ case.