White House press secretary Jen Psaki announced on Sunday that despite being vaccinated against COVID, she had tested positive for the virus and was experiencing mild symptoms. Psaki went on leave on Wednesday after family members tested positive. Psaki said she tested negative until Sunday. Psaki said her last contact with Joe Biden was on Tuesday with both masks outside and at a distance.
Biden is in Europe for the G20 summit and climate summit. Psaki did not go on the trip.
On Wednesday, in collaboration with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel with the President on the trip abroad due to a family distress, which was that members of my household tested positive for COVID -19. Since then, I have tested negative (via PCR) for COVID in quarantine on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Today, however, I tested positive for COVID. While I have not had close personal contact with the president or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact – I reveal today’s positive test from an abundance of transparency. I last saw the President Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six feet apart wearing masks.
Thanks to the vaccine, I experienced only mild symptoms that enabled me to continue working from home. I would plan to return to work in person at the end of the ten day quarantine after a negative quick test, which is an additional White House requirement, in addition to CDC guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution.
Psaki posted the statement on Twitter, adding: “Share full statement and thankful that I was vaccinated and for the wonderful Biden team.”
Share full statement and thankful that I was vaccinated and for the wonderful Biden team pic.twitter.com/QDokXo47dK
– Jen Psaki (@PressSec) 31 October 2021