White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Tests Positive for COVID-19

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 31 after members of her household tested positive days earlier.

Psaki, 42, said in a statement that she has been in quarantine and had previously tested negative four days in a row before testing positive.

“I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki said.

Psaki said that she had not been in close contact with President Joe Biden or senior White House staff members since Oct. 27.

“I last saw the President on Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks,” Psaki said.

Psaki was initially expected to travel with Biden to Italy for the G20 Summit then to Scotland for the COP26 Climate Summit, but she decided not to do so “due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19.”

Psaki said she was only experiencing mild symptoms “thanks to the vaccine.”

Psaki added that she will continue to work from home and will return to work in person after the ten-day quarantine following a negative test result, “which is an additional White House requirement, beyond [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution.”

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