White House press secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19 in breakthrough case

Written by on October 31, 2021

WASHINGTON – White Home press secretary Jen Psaki examined constructive for COVID-19, she disclosed Sunday in a assertion that additionally stated she has not been in shut contact with the president or senior members of the White Home employees since Wednesday.

Psaki stated she final noticed President Joe Biden on Tuesday, “after we sat outdoors greater than six-feet aside, and wore masks.”

Biden left Thursday for Europe and is not scheduled to return until Wednesday.

Psaki, who was speculated to accompany Biden, stayed again after members of her family examined constructive. (On the time, the White Home introduced Psaki was not going due to an unspecified “household emergency.”)

She stated she has been quarantined since then and examined adverse day-after-day till Sunday.

She stated she disclosed the constructive check “out of an abundance of transparency.”

Psaki stated she’s expertise solely delicate signs and can proceed working from residence till after a 10-day quarantine following a adverse speedy check. She known as that “a further White Home requirement, past CDC steering, taken out of an abundance of warning.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks at a press briefing in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House on September 29, 2021 in Washington, DC.

Earlier this month, Homeland Safety Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas grew to become the primary Biden cupboard member to test positive.

State Division spokesman Ned Value tested positive in late September.

Whereas COVID-19 breakthrough instances have been very uncommon among the many massive numbers of these vaccinated, they will nonetheless occur as a result of no vaccines are 100% efficient. 

Extreme infections in individuals who have been absolutely vaccinated are uncommon, usually occurring in folks whose immune methods are weakened by their superior age or medical situation. Vaccinated persons are eight occasions much less more likely to be contaminated and 25 occasions much less more likely to expertise hospitalization or loss of life, based on CDC research.

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Maureen Groppe has coated Washington for almost three many years and is now a White Home correspondent for USA TODAY. Comply with her on Twitter @mgroppe.


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