White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki Announces She Has COVID-19

by Jon D. B.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 18: White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing at the White House on October 18, 2021 in Washington, DC. Psaki announced that President Biden will hold separate meetings with moderate and progressive House members as part of negotiations for the bipartisan infrastructure bill. (Photo by Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

The White House press secretary is “disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency.” Here’s what’s next for Jen Psaki.

Late Sunday evening, White House press secretary Jen Psaki would announce she had “quarantined and tested negative (via PCR) for COVID on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday… However, today, I tested positive for COVID.”

Psaki’s announcement comes after her plans to travel with President Biden to Europe were ousted due to her household testing positive for COVID-19 – now a warranted caution.

“On Wednesday, in coordination with senior leadership at the White House and the medical team, I made the decision not to travel on the foreign trip with the President due to a family emergency, which was members of my household testing positive for COVID-19,” her full statement reads on Twitter Sunday.

“While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday – and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency,” Psaki adds.

Currently, 42-year-old Jen Psaki is only experiencing “mild symptoms,” she told the Associated Press.

“I last saw the President on Tuesday… When we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks,” Psaki concludes her statement.

As she states in her tweet, the press secretary is “grateful” she is vaccinated. President Biden, who is also vaccinated, is tested frequently. AP cites he last tested negative on Saturday.

Jen Psaki Sits Out European Tour Over COVID Caution

President Biden would also receive his COVID-19 booster on September 27. His booster came soon after federal regulators would approved a third dose for Americans.

Regardless, Psaki’s caution may have spared many others from contracting COVID from her on the European tour. While she sits out the President’s trip to Rome and the Group of 20 summits, deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre accompanies.

Next on the agenda that Jen Psaki is sitting out on is Glasgow, Scotland on Monday for the U.N. Climate Summit.

Those who are present for the trip – including all other White House staff – are undergoing daily COVID-19 tests. The testing began before departing Washington, D.C. Each member of the White House staff, like Psaki, is fully vaccinated.

Several officials are also post-booster shots. This is a cautionary step due to the frequent close-quarters and travel-bound nature of their positions.

As for Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary currently plans to complete a 10-day quarantine. Afterward, she will return to work in person if she tests negative.

NPR reports Psaki plans to continue working from home in the meantime, however. She is “well enough” to do so, and hopes for no break in her duties to the White House.