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Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Biden has ‘close contact’ with COVID-19 positive staff

White House says president won’t need to quarantine after testing negative

President Joe Biden tested negative on Monday morning after coming into close contact with a staff member who has COVID-19, the White House said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement Monday evening that, earlier in the day, a staff member who did not have regular contact with Biden tested positive for COVID-19. .

“Three days earlier, on Friday, that staff member spent about 30 minutes near the President on Air Force One on his way from Orangeburg, South Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” she said.

Saki said the staff member, who has been fully vaccinated and euthanized, tested negative before boarding the plane, as is required for all people traveling with the president, and by 19 December had no symptoms. did not begin to experience. He tested positive on December 20. ,

He added that Biden, who turns 79 in November, is “tested on a regular basis.” He tested negative in an antigen test on December 19, Saki said.

“This morning, after receiving information about the employee testing positive, the President received a PCR test and tested negative. He will be tested again on Wednesday,” she said.

Psaki said the president would not be required to quarantine according to current guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which says that fully vaccinated people do not need to quarantine after coming into contact with someone who has who has tested positive for COVID-19.

“The president has a full schedule today and he doesn’t need the quarantine,” she said.

Saki said others on Air Force One who were in close contact with the infected staff member are being contacted and will be advised to get tested according to CDC’s guidance.

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The announcement came shortly after the president issued a dire warning about the coming winter, amid concerns over the newly discovered Omicron version of the CCP (Communist Party of China) virus, which causes the disease COVID-19.

During a December 16 press conference, Biden said the variant was increasing rapidly in the country, warning that the White House believed those who were not vaccinated could suffer “serious illness and death”. will experience winter.

“If you are vaccinated, and you have a booster shot, you are protected against serious illness and death,” the president said.

The next day, Jeff Ziants, the White House’s COVID-19 response coordinator, pushed similar rhetoric to blame largely unaffiliated people for the ongoing pandemic.

“We’re intent on not letting Omicron disrupt work and school for vaccines. You’ve done the right thing, and we’ll get over it,” Ziants said. “Without vaccinations, you may soon become overwhelmed, looking at a winter of severe illness and death for yourself, your family, and hospitals.”

So far few Omicron-related deaths have been officially confirmed worldwide, and it is unclear whether any have been reported in the United States. Meanwhile, the New York City health director said that while cases of omicron are increasing rapidly, there are no hospitalizations at this time.

South African health ministry officials said last week that their rate of hospitalizations due to omicron is about one-tenth the hospitalization rate for the delta wave reported earlier this year.

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Isabel van Bruggen is an award-winning journalist and currently a news reporter at The Epoch Times. He holds a Masters in Newspaper Journalism from City, University of London.

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