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Biden tests negative for COVID-19, ends ‘strict isolation’

Biden is scheduled to appear in the White House Rose Garden around midday Wednesday.
President Joe Biden, shown in this June 17 photo, is ending his COVID-19 isolation after testing negative for the virus on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday.
President Joe Biden, shown in this June 17 photo, is ending his COVID-19 isolation after testing negative for the virus on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday. [ EVAN VUCCI | AP ]
Published Jul. 27

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is ending his COVID-19 isolation after testing negative for the virus on Tuesday night and again on Wednesday.

That’s according to a letter the White House released Wednesday from Biden’s physician.

Dr. Kevin O’Connor writes that Biden has completed his course of treatment with the drug Paxlovid and remains free of fever. O’Connor says that given those factors and the pair of negative tests, Biden will discontinue his “strict isolation” measures.

In fact, Biden is scheduled to appear in the White House Rose Garden around midday Wednesday.

Biden, 79, tested positive for COVID-19 last week.

By DARLENE SUPERVILLE, Associated Press

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How to get tested

Tampa Bay: The Times can help you find the free, public COVID-19 testing sites in the bay area.

Florida: The Department of Health has a website that lists testing sites in the state. Some information may be out of date.

The U.S.: The Department of Health and Human Services has a website that can help you find a testing site.

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How to get vaccinated

The COVID-19 vaccine for ages 5 and up and booster shots for eligible recipients are being administered at doctors’ offices, clinics, pharmacies, grocery stores and public vaccination sites. Many allow appointments to be booked online. Here’s how to find a site near you:

Find a site: Visit vaccines.gov to find vaccination sites in your ZIP code.

More help: Call the National COVID-19 Vaccination Assistance Hotline.

Phone: 800-232-0233. Help is available in English, Spanish and other languages.

TTY: 888-720-7489

Disability Information and Access Line: Call 888-677-1199 or email DIAL@n4a.org.

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PROTECTING SENIORS: Here’s how seniors can stay safe from the virus.

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