Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary who earlier in the week said she would not join President Biden on a diplomatic trip to Europe due to a family emergency, said Sunday that she had tested positive for the coronavirus.
“While I have not had close in-person contact with the president or high-ranking members of the White House staff since Wednesday,” Mrs. Psaki He said: “I am disclosing the positive test today due to the abundance of transparency. The last time I saw the president was Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six feet away and wore masks. “
Ms Psaki said members of her household had tested positive for the virus earlier in the week and self-quarantined once she learned they had contracted the virus. It tested negative on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before testing positive on Sunday. Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House’s top deputy press secretary, traveled on the trip while Ms. Psaki stayed home and went into quarantine.
“Thanks to the vaccine, I have only experienced mild symptoms, which has allowed me to continue working from home,” said Ms Psaki.
The White House did not immediately respond to questions about whether Ms. Psaki had received a booster shot, and did not immediately identify administration officials with whom she had been in close contact earlier in the week.
Biden traveled abroad with a large delegation that included Jake Sullivan, his national security adviser, Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, and various press officials, all of whom have interacted with both White House officials and a large group of journalists traveling with him. President.
“I will plan to return to work in person at the end of the 10-day quarantine after a negative rapid test,” said Ms. Psaki, “which is an additional requirement of the White House, beyond the guidance of the CDC, taken from a great deal of caution. “
In July, after a White House staff member tested positive for the virus, Ms. Psaki warned that there would be more major cases and said precautions were taken to protect the president.