Washington – His last endingOn Sunday, President Biden left the White House for the first time since he contracted the coronavirus last month and headed for a reunion with First Lady Jill Biden in Delaware.
The president tested negative on Saturday, paving the way for a way out of isolation that has lasted longer than expected due to the virus’ rebound. The White House physician, Dr. Kevin O’Connor, had said on Saturday Modernization That Mr. Biden, “with great caution”, will continue with “strict isolation measures” pending a second negative test.
O’Connor Sunday said That the president returned a negative test in the morning and will safely return to public engagement and presidential travel.
“I feel great,” Biden said before boarding Marine One outside the White House.
The Bidens are expected to spend their day at Rehoboth Beach, a popular vacation destination.
Biden tested positive on July 21, and started taking antiviral medication, which aims to reduce the possibility of serious illness from the virus. According to his doctor, Biden’s vital signs remained normal throughout his infection, but his symptoms included a runny nose, cough, sore throat and body aches.
After being isolated for several days, the president tested negative on July 26 and July 27, when he gave a speech in the Rose Garden, telling Americans they could “live without fear” of the virus if they got booster doses, and tested themselves for the virus if they fell sick and sought treatment.
But Mr. Biden discovered a rare COVID-19 rebound on July 30, forcing him to be quarantined again. Occasionally he would give speeches from a balcony of the White House, as when he mentioned the killing of an al Qaeda leader or a strong jobs report.
He continued to test positive until Saturday, when he got his first negative result. While the president was in isolation at the White House home, the first lady remained in Delaware.
The Bidens are scheduled to visit Kentucky on Monday to see flood damage and meet families.