The U.S. president’s test for COVID-19 turned out to be negative, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said.

A White House employee who was in close contact with U.S. President Joe Biden on board the presidential plane last Friday, December 17, fell ill with COVID. This is reported in a written statement issued by the press secretary of the American leader, Jen Psaki.

“On Monday morning, a mid-ranking employee <…> received a positive test result for COVID-19. Three days before that, on Friday, this employee spent about 30 minutes near the president on board number one,” she said.

Psaki noted that the criteria for what is considered “close contact” are determined by White House doctors in accordance with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of the United States. This case fit these criteria, so “in the public interest” the White House decided to report it.

“This employee was fully vaccinated and revaccinated, and he passed a negative test before boarding flight one, which is required of everyone who travels with the president. This employee started showing symptoms only on Sunday, and he did a test on Monday,” Psaki informed.

According to her, Biden has taken a coronavirus test twice in recent days – on Sunday and on Monday morning, when it became known that the employee who contacted him was ill. Both tests were negative. Biden will be given another test on Wednesday.

“Since the recommendations of the CDC do not require fully vaccinated people to go into quarantine after contact with patients, the president will continue to adhere to his usual schedule,” Psaki added.