‘I’m feeling good’: President Biden FINALLY escapes two-week COVID isolation with a smile and a wave as he arrives in Delaware and reunites with Jill after negative test
- Joe Biden left the White House for Rehoboth beach on Sunday morning after being released from covid isolation
- He will be reunited with Jill, who he last saw on July 20
- ‘I’m feeling good,’ he told reporters at the White House upon departure
- He tested negative again on Sunday and has been cleared for travel
- The president tested negative for the virus on Saturday
- Biden initially tested positive for COVID on July 21, took Paxlovid to treat his condition, and tested negative on July 27
- But he then suffered a rebound on July 30 after another positive COVID test result
President Joe Biden left the White House for Rehoboth beach on Sunday morning after being released from covid isolation.
He has tested negative for the second day in a row and his doctor cleared him for public engagement and presidential travel.
The president left town as the Senate was still in session, debating the Inflation Reduction Act, a package of climate and health programs that Biden supports. The chamber is engaged in what’s called a vote-a-rama, a series of votes on proposed amendments to the legislation, that is expected to wrap up sometime on Sunday.
‘I think it’s gonna pass,’ Biden told reporters of the bill as he left the White House.
Biden, 79, finally tested negative for COVID on Saturday, seven days after suffering a rebound infection from the virus.
He tested negative again on Sunday.
‘This morning the President’s SARS-coV-2 antigen testing was negative for a second consecutive day,’ White House physician Dr. Kevin C. O’ Connor wrote.
‘He will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel,’ he noted.
President Joe Biden left the White House for Rehoboth beach on Sunday morning after being released from covid isolation
President Biden arrives in Rehoboth Beach
‘I’m feeling good,’ he told reporters at the White House upon departure
President Biden is headed to his family home on the Delaware shore where he’ll be reunited with Jill Biden. He last saw the first lady on July 20th
O’Connor said on Saturday the president wouldn’t leave isolation without two negative tests.
The doctor wrote: ‘The president continues to feel very well. Given his rebound positivity which we reported last Saturday, we have continued daily monitoring.
‘This morning, his SARS-CoV-2 antigen testing was negative.
‘In an abundance of caution, the President will continue his strict isolation measures pending a second negative test as previously described.’
Biden first tested positive for COVID July 21. He took Paxlovid anti-viral treatment for the condition, and tested negative on July 27.
The president subsequently returned to work at the West Wing wearing a face mask.
But he suffered a rebound on July 30, with another positive test result.
The president spent a total of 14 days isolating in the White House – including seven during his most recent re-infection, before Saturday’s negative test.
Biden is pictured at a White House podium on August 5. He was COVID-positive at the time, and now appears to have finally beaten his virus rebound
Biden is pictured rubbing his face during a virtual meeting with business and labor leaders on July 25, four days after his initial COVID diagnosis
He has continued to conduct official business and says his symptoms were mild.
Paxlovid – which is made by Pfizer – is feared to cause a COVID reinfection rate of up to 40 per cent among patients who take it.
Scientists say this is likely because it stops the body from forming its own natural response to a COVID infection, leaving a patient more vulnerable to a rapid re-infection after initially clearing the disease.
Biden has been appearing at events this week via zoom, including on Wednesday when he joined the first meeting of the interagency Task Force on Reproductive Healthcare Access, which is headed by Vice President Kamala Harris, and, on Thursday, when he held a virtual event with business and labor leaders.
He also delivered an evening speech from the White House residence to announce a U.S. strike had taken out Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri.
President Joe Biden tested positive again on Friday, as his rebound case of covid drags on and he faces seventh day in isolation
He has shown small signs he’s ready to get out of the second-floor residence of the White House, where he’s been living with his dog Commander as he recovers.
‘I wish I was with you in person, quite frankly,’ Biden said during a virtual meeting at the White House on Wednesday. ‘But I’m getting there.’
But the White House has been planning for in-person events to return soon.
The White House announced on Friday Biden and first lady Jill Biden will travel to Kentucky on Monday to see the storm damage.
Biden will sign the PACT Act of 2022 in the Rose Garden on Wednesday, the White House announced earlier this week.
The legislation, which expands healthcare for military veterans exposed to toxic burn pits, passed the Senate in an overwhelming 86 to 11 vote on Tuesday evening. The House has already passed it.
And he will sign the CHIPS legislation on Tuesday.