VP Kamala Harris tested positive Tuesday for Covid-19, but is not experiencing any symptoms, her press secretary said.
“Today, Vice President Harris tested positive for Covid-19 on rapid and PCR tests. She has exhibited no symptoms, will isolate and continue to work from the vice president’s residence,” Kirsten Allen said in a statement.
“She has not been a close contact to the President or First Lady due to their respective recent travel schedules,” Allen said. The official vice presidential residence is located on the grounds of the United States Naval Observatory in Washington, 4.1 km (2.6 mi) from the White House.
The last time Harris and President Joe Biden saw each other was at the Easter Egg Roll on April 18, according to the White House.
Harris, 57, will follow the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “and the advice of her physicians,” delaying a return to the White House until she tests negative for coronavirus, Allen said. The vice president, like the president, is fully vaccinated and has received two booster shots. She returned to Washington late Monday after spending most of last week in her native California.
While Harris had been scheduled to join the 79-year-old Biden for an intelligence briefing at 10:15 am, the White House said that she was tested on her arrival Tuesday and left the Executive Mansion immediately after the positive tests.
"*" indicates required fields
Two members of Biden’s Cabinet and a senior aide to Harris tested positive for Covid-19 after attending the Gridiron Club Dinner, an annual gathering in Washington of journalists and politicians.
Earlier, White House spokesperson Jen Psaki tested positive for a second time and her deputy, Karine Jean-Pierre, likewise had a positive test. Even so, the White House has declined to reinstate a requirement for masking at indoor meetings and events.