First lady Jill Biden experiencing ‘mild symptoms’ after testing positive for COVID; president tests negative

President Joe Biden has tested negative

ByJolie Lash and Ben Gittleson ABCNews logo

Tuesday, September 5, 2023 1:26AM

First lady Dr. Jill Biden has tested positive for COVID-19, her communications director confirmed Monday.

“This evening, the First Lady tested positive for COVID-19. She is currently experiencing only mild symptoms,” Elizabeth Alexander, communications director for the first lady, said in a statement Sunday night.

Dr. Biden was expected to remain at her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, the rep’s statement noted.

Following Dr. Biden’s positive test, President Joe Biden took a COVID test on Monday evening and tested negative, his press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said in a statement.

“The President will test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms,” Jean-Pierre noted in the statement.

President Biden is scheduled to depart the U.S. on Thursday for a trip to India and Vietnam.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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