Joe Biden tests positive for COVID-19 again days after testing negative

White House Physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, said in a letter that Biden “has not experienced any renewed symptoms and is still feeling reasonably well.” O’Connor said, “There is no reason to restart treatment at this time.”

In accordance with guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Biden will be re-isolated for at least five days. He’ll be in isolation at the White House until he tests negative. The agency says most rebound cases remain mild and no serious illness has been reported during that time.

Biden’s positive test — he had been negative since Friday morning — came just two hours after the White House announced a presidential visit to Michigan next Tuesday to highlight the approval of a bill to boost domestic high-tech manufacturing.

Biden was also scheduled to visit his home in Wilmington, Delaware, Sunday morning, where First Lady Jill Biden stayed while the president was positive. Both trips have been canceled as Biden has returned to isolation.

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Biden, 79, was treated with the antiviral drug Paxlovíd after he first tested positive on July 21. He tested negative for the virus last Tuesday and Wednesday. He was then allowed to leave the isolation while wearing a mask indoors. His positive tests put him in the minority of those prescribed the drug to experience a rebound case of the virus.

Covid-19 White House Coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jha. told reporters on Monday that data “suggest that between 5 and 8 percent of people rebound” after treatment with Paxlovid.

Recognizing the potential for so-called ‘rebound’ COVID positivity seen in a small percentage of patients treated with Paxlovid, the president increased his tested cadence, to protect those around him and prevent early detection of any recurrence of viral replication,” O’ Connor wrote in his letter.

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