The White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, announced on Sunday that it had tested positive for covid-19.
Psaki did not travel on the second international tour of President Joe Biden, who visited Rome this weekend to attend the Group of 20 summit and will travel to Glasgow, Scotland on Monday, where he will participate in the UN climate summit.
The spokeswoman had planned to go with the president, but canceled the trip just as she was ready to leave for Europe after learning that members of his family had tested positive for covid-19.
“Since then, I have been in quarantine and have tested negative (via PCR) for covid-19 on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday,” said Psaki it’s a statement. “However, today I tested positive for covid”he commented.
The White House press secretary who was last in contact with Biden on Tuesday, and the two kept a distance of more than six feet apart and wearing face masks. Psaki added that she only has mild symptoms.
White House staff undergo daily covid-19 tests
In the statement released this Sunday, Psaki explained that, although he had not had contact with the president for four days, he published the result as exercise of “transparency”.
“Yes OK I have not had close contact, in person, with the president or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday, and I had a negative result for four days after that last contact, I am disclosing the test result as a show of transparency, “he commented.
The staff who work in the White House, in addition to the entourage accompanying President Biden, have undergone daily covid-19 tests since before leaving Washington, and all are fully vaccinated.
Many of them have received booster injections, due to the environment and frequent travel associated with their work.
Biden received his booster on Sept. 27, shortly after federal regulators approved the third dose for many Americans.
The president is accompanied on this trip by the main deputy assistant secretary of the press, Karine Jean-Pierre.
Psaki reported that he would return to work in person upon completion a 10-day confinement and after having a negative result.