President Joe Biden flew back to DC alone after First Lady Jill Biden’s health issue left her isolating in Delaware.
The first lady tested positive for COVID-19 for the second time and is “currently experiencing only mild symptoms,” according to the White House.
Jill Biden, 72, will isolate in her home in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
She is infected for the second time in about a year despite being vaccinated and fully boosted.
The president and his wife had been staying together in their vacation home over the holiday weekend after visiting Florida together in the wake of Hurricane Idalia, giving plenty of time for her infection to potentially spread to him.
However, as of Monday night, the president has tested negative for the virus. It is not currently known if they were together when the first lady started showing symptoms.
Biden, 80, “will test at a regular cadence this week and monitor for symptoms” according to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.
Biden has a full travel schedule starting later this week, when he will fly to India to attend the G-20 summit. He then intends to visit Vietnam before returning to DC.
Focus on COVID Renewed for Fall
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued warnings to the public after summer data showed an increase in hospital admissions, emergency department visits, and positive COVID-19 tests.
A new variant has reportedly become of interest to researches as it is highly mutated but is thus far limited in its spread.
However, health officials are using the new variant as a way to push vaccines and boosters back into the public light.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) will release an updated booster around midmonth.
The CDC is already recommending the booster for people 65 and older and also people with underlying health conditions.