Biden Tests Positive for COVID Again in Rebound Case

“There is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time, but we will obviously continue close observation,” physician to the president said in a statement

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President Biden has once again tested positive for COVID-19, White House physician Kevin C. O’Connor announced Saturday.

“After testing negative on Tuesday evening, Wednesday morning, Thursday morning and Friday morning, the President tested positive late Saturday morning, by antigen testing,” O’Connor wrote in a memo. “This in fact represents ‘rebound’ positivity.”

As he is not currently experiencing any symptoms, “there is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time.” Biden began taking the antiviral medication Paxlovid when he was first diagnosed July 21, after experiencing mild symptoms.

Three days ago, Biden resumed in-person presidential duties and continued to wear a mask. He will now reenter “strict isolation procedures,” said O’Connor, promising to follow up with any changes to his condition.

Shortly after, the president confirmed the diagnosis in a tweet: “Folks, today I tested positive for COVID again. This happens with a small minority of folks. I’ve got no symptoms but I am going to isolate for the safety of everyone around me. I’m still at work, and will be back on the road soon.”

See O’Connor’s full memo below.