(Headline USA) President Joe Biden tested positive for COVID-19 again, slightly more than three days after he was cleared to exit isolation, the White House said, in a rare case of “rebound” following treatment with an anti-viral drug.
White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a letter that Biden “has experienced no reemergence of symptoms, and continues to feel quite well.” O’Connor said “there is no reason to reinitiate treatment at this time.”
In accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, Biden will reenter isolation for at least five days.
He will isolate at the White House until he tests negative. The agency says most rebound cases remain mild and that severe disease during that period has not been reported.
Just as when Biden first tested positive, the White House sought to show he was still working. The president sent out a picture of himself masked and tieless on Twitter, which showed him signing a declaration that added individual assistance for flood survivors in Kentucky.
The president also took time on Saturday to have a FaceTime conversation with people camping outside the U.S. Capitol who are seeking health benefits for military veterans exposed to toxic substances from burn pits during their service, according to White House chief of staff Ron Klain.
A bill to provide expanded benefits failed to clear the Senate on Wednesday. Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough brought discussed the bill with the president via Skype.
Word of Biden’s positive test came just two hours after the White House announced a presidential visit to Michigan this coming Tuesday to highlight the passage of a bill to promote domestic high-tech manufacturing.
Biden had also been scheduled to visit his home in Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday morning, where first lady Jill Biden has been staying while the president was positive. Both trips have been canceled as Biden has returned to isolation.
Biden, 79, was treated with the anti-viral drug Paxlovid after he first tested positive on July 21. He tested negative for the virus on this past Tuesday and Wednesday. He was then cleared to leave isolation while wearing a mask indoors.
Joe Biden tested positive for COVID again… the emotional roller coaster must be crazy for Kamala.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 30, 2022
I wish Joe Biden a speedy recovery from Covid
And I wish America a speedy recovery from Joe Biden
— Paxlovid Rebound Poso 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) July 30, 2022
I can’t believe Joe Biden beat windshield oil cancer only to get COVID twice in a week.
— Catturd ™ (@catturd2) July 30, 2022
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press.