Biden tests negative for COVID-19, will remain in isolation after rebound case

U.S. President Joe Biden signs two bills aimed at combating fraud in the COVID-19 small business relief programs at the White House on August 5, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Evan Vucci - Pool/Getty Images)

President Joe Biden tested negative for COVID-19 Saturday, but will remain in isolation until he tests negative a second time.

"The president continues to feel very well," White House physician Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in a news release.

Biden, 79. first tested positive July 21 and experienced mild symptoms. He was treated with the anti-viral drug Paxlovid

He tested positive for COVID-19 again on July 30, a little more than three days after he was cleared to exit coronavirus isolation. His positive tests puts him among the minority of those prescribed the drug to experience a rebound case of the virus.

White House COVID-19 coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha said data "suggests that between 5 and 8 percent of people have rebound" after Paxlovid treatment.

Biden was "doing great," White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said Saturday when asked about his health during her appearance in Las Vegas at a joint conference of the National Association of Black Journalists and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She said that when she speaks to the president, he tells her to "tell folks I’ve been working eight-plus hours a day."

Biden has signed bills from the White House residence and spoken from the residence balcony while forced to isolate. His travel has been put on hold, though he plans to visit Kentucky Monday to meet with families and view damage from catastrophic flooding

Since he’s been in isolation, Democratic lawmakers have reached an agreement on legislation to lower prescription drug prices, collect more tax revenue from corporations and spend hundreds of billions of dollars to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Biden was also in isolation when he announced the killing of Ayman al-Zawahri,  the al-Qaida leader, in Kabul, Afghanistan.