In case anyone needed a reminder, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over. Over the holiday weekend, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed that she had tested positive for COVID-19. Psaki revealed her COVID-19 status with a public statement on Sunday evening. The White House official said is experiencing mild symptoms and will remain quarantined until further notice. She also noted that she had not made contact with the President in recent days and there is no expectation that he will test positive for the virus.
“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki stated, according to NBC News.
“I last saw the President on Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks.”
Psaki was originally scheduled to travel with the President to Italy and Scotland earlier this week, but White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre went in her place. Jean-Pierre is expected to fill in for Psaki until she is able to return after a 10-day quarantine period.
Sharing full statement and grateful I am vaccinated and for the amazing Biden team pic.twitter.com/QDokXo47dK
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) October 31, 2021