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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki tests positive for COVID-19

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed that she has tested positive for Covid-19.

Psaki issued a statement on Sunday in which she said that she last saw President Joe Biden on Tuesday, “when we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks.”

Psaki decided on Wednesday not to travel with Biden on his trip to Europe, in what was described at the time as a family emergency. Instead, White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre traveled on the trip instead. She said that the family emergency was that members of her household had tested positive.

“Since then, I have quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday,” she said. “However, today, I tested positive for COVID.” She said she disclosed the positive test “out of an abundance of transparency.”

Psaki said she’s experience only mild symptoms and will continue working from home until after a 10-day quarantine following a negative rapid test. She called that “an additional White House requirement, beyond CDC guidance, taken out of an abundance of caution.”

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