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Biden tests COVID-19 negative for second day ahead of planned Kentucky visit, released from isolation

Joe Biden
Posted at 10:54 AM, Aug 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-08-07 11:10:33-04

President Joe Biden's doctor announced on Sunday morning that the president tested negative for COVID-19 "for the second consecutive day." Biden's doctor said he can now be released from isolation to "safely return to public engagement and presidential travel."

Biden is scheduled to travel with first lady Jill Biden to visit flood-ravaged eastern Kentucky to survey the damage there and meet with local leaders to offer support on Monday.

Biden was administered a SARS-CoV-2 antigen test.

The White House announced on Friday that the president would go to Kentucky to join Gov. Andy Beshear at the Federal Emergency Management Agency State Disaster Recover Center after at least 37 people died in recent flooding in eastern Kentucky.

Flash flooding hit various small towns after storms saw from 8 to over 10 inches of rain dumped over that part of the state in just 48 hours. Heavy rains hit eastern Kentucky and some areas across the state line in Virginia and West Virginia.

Biden's trip to Kentucky will be his first outside of Washington after testing positive for COVID-19 on July 21. The president had previously been isolated after testing positive on July 30 with a rebound case of COVID-19.