November 3, 2021

Psaki Tests Positive for COVID-19

  • Executive

By: Konrad Holden

In Brief:

Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced on Sunday that she tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend, reminding everyone that she had been vaccinated. Psaki implied that she caught the disease at home after members of her household tested positive last week. She credited the vaccine with keeping her symptoms mild. Psaki is the highest-ranking individual in the White House to publicly announce a COVID-19 infection.

The Background:

During the final presidential debate in October of 2020, Joe Biden promised that "I'm going to shut down the virus, not the country."

It became clear that he wasn’t being totally honest when all his policies effectively shut down the country and stymied the pending economic recovery. The CDC increased mandates and the Biden administration continued to encourage shutdowns. 

But it turns out he wasn’t able to shut down the virus, either. It’s come to his front doorstep.

Press Secretary Jen Psaki tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. She is the highest-ranking White House member to do so.

Psaki made a statement thanking the vaccine for her mild symptoms, though many healthy, unvaccinated individuals who get COVID have mild symptoms. She will continue to work from home for 10 days after a negative test.

Psaki stated that she has not had any contact with the President or other senior White House staff since last Wednesday. 

Notable Quotes:


“Today, I tested positive for COVID. While I have not had close contact in person with the President or senior members of the White House staff since Wednesday — and tested negative for four days after that last contact — I am disclosing today’s positive test out of an abundance of transparency. I last saw the President on Tuesday, when we sat outside more than six-feet apart, and wore masks.” - Press Secretary Jen Psaki

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