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President Biden tested negative for COVID-19 but will continue to self-isolate at the White House until testing negative a second time, according to his doctor.
Dr. Kevin O’Connor, physician to the president, said Biden “continues to feel very well.” He tested positive last week after completing a course of Paxlovid treatment in what doctors called a “rebound” case.
“Given his rebound positivity, which we reported on Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring,” O’Connor said. “This morning his SARS-CoV-2 antigen test was negative.”
“In an abundance of caution, the president will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously described,” O’Connor said.
O’Connor said last week that Biden tested negative for COVID-19 Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, but tested positive on Saturday morning in an antigen test.
The president first tested positive for coronavirus on July 21.
The president developed body aches and a sore throat early in his infection last month.
O’Connor has said that preliminary sequencing indicated that Biden contracted the BA5 variant, the most common coronavirus variant in the United States right now.
Dr. Marc Siegel, Fox News medical analyst and professor of medicine at New York University Langone Medical Center, told Fox News Digital last week that the president was not setting a good example for following the CDC’s COVID-19 guidelines.
“Not a good look for a president who talks about mandates. He’s played too loose with this,” Siegel said last Saturday. “The antigen test predicts low infectivity if it is negative, but a high quality mask KN95 or better would have been a wise precaution.”
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Biden did not wear a mask Wednesday because the group was socially distanced.