White House communications director Kate Bedingfield, who has been fully vaccinated and boosted, announced Friday that she tested positive for China’s coronavirus, noting that she had last seen President Joe Biden 48 hours earlier while taking precautions such as wearing an N-95 mask and social media. take distance.
“This morning I tested positive for COVID-19. I last saw the President at a social distancing meeting on Wednesday wearing an N-95 mask, and he is not considered a close contact as defined by the CDC,” Bedingfield wrote on Friday, educating her ” attributed her symptoms to the fact that she had both been vaccinated. and strengthened.
“Thanks to being fully vaccinated and boosted, I only experience mild symptoms. In accordance with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will be working from home and plan to return to work in person at the end of a five-day isolation period and test negative,” she added. :
Being fully vaccinated and boosted, I experience only mild symptoms. In accordance with White House COVID-19 protocols, I will be working from home and plan to return to work in person at the end of a five-day isolation period and test negative.
— Kate Bedingfield (@WHCommsDir) April 29, 2022
The news comes just before the White House Correspondents’ Dinner (WHCD), which has raised concerns among some officials. dr. Anthony Fauci, Biden’s chief medical adviser, will not attend the event, citing his own personal risk of contracting the virus.
While Biden will be in attendance, he will skip dinner and likely wear a mask when not speaking, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said.
“He’s made the decision that he wants to safely attend the White House Correspondents’ Dinner to show his support – to show his support for the free press, for the work of all of you, for the work of your colleagues to around the world to not only share accurate information about COVID, but also to report on the war in Ukraine and all the work that goes on every day,” Psaki told reporters during Wednesday’s press conference:
I’d expect him to wear a mask when he’s not speaking. I will most likely wear a mask when I am at dinner. And we’ve also taken steps, including the fact that he will not be there for the dining portion of the dinner and that he will be there for the program, which includes a number of speakers, the award ceremony, as you know, and of course, his speak and his toast, where he will be “on the menu,” as he likes to say, when Trevor Noah is speaking.
Bedingfield is the latest to contract the virus this month, after a string of prominent figures did, including 82-year-old House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Vice President Kamala Harris.