Jill Biden tests negative for COVID after rebound case

First Lady Jill Biden has tested negative for COVID-19 after a rebound case last week. The White House on Monday confirmed the first lady's negative test, saying she plans to return to Washington on Tuesday after being in isolation, its communications director Elizabeth Alexander said in a statement.

The first woman tested negative before receiving a positive test result on an antigen test Wednesday afternoon, her office said. The White House said it did not experience a recurrence of symptoms.

She first tested positive on Aug. 16 while on vacation with President Biden and his family in South Carolina. The first lady had mild symptoms and remained there until receiving a negative test and then joined the president in Delaware, where she continued her leave.

Like the president, Jill Biden experienced mild symptoms and was given the antiviral drug Paxlovid to treat her case. The first woman's first COVID-19 case came nearly two weeks after the president was able to leave isolation after her own rebound case of COVID-19. When a patient tests negative for the virus, only to test positive again a few days later, cases of rebound can occur in patients taking Paxlovid.

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