Biden Tests Negative for Covid-19, Ends ‘Strict Isolation’

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden looked forward to ending his COVID-19 isolation Wednesday after testing negative for the virus on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday morning.

He quickly made arrangements to give remarks at the Rose Garden in midday.

“Back to the Oval,” Biden tweetedThe White House published the most recent daily update of his doctor, confirming that Biden was able to terminate the mandatory isolation period after a person tests positive for coronavirus. Biden, at 79 years old, was positive for coronavirus.

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Biden’s tweet included a photo of a rapid COVID-19 test with the line showing a negative result.

“Thanks to Doc for the good care, and to all of you for your support,” the president’s tweet said.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor, Biden’s physician, wrote in Wednesday’s update that the president had completed a five-day course of Paxlovid, an anti-viral drug used to treat COVID-19. Biden is still free from fever, and has not taken Tylenol for the last 36 hours.

Biden’s symptoms were almost “completely resolved,” O’Connor reported.

“Given these reassuring factors, the president will discontinue his strict isolation measures,” the doctor wrote.

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Biden will wear a “well-fitting” face mask for 10 days anytime he is around others, O’Connor said.

Biden tested positive on July 21 for the coronavirus. He worked in isolation while addressing the groups with tape-recorded messages and holding meetings virtually.

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