President’s daughter Asley Biden tested positive for Covid-19

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First daughter Ashley Biden, 40, has tested positive for Covid-19. Michael LaRose, Jill Biden’s spokesman, disclosed Ashley Biden’s positive test on Wednesday, Ashley Biden had been scheduled to depart with the first lady Wednesday afternoon for Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica but is no longer joining first lady Jill Biden on the trip. Ashley Biden is not considered a close contact of either President Biden or the first lady. Someone is considered a close contact if the person was within 6 feet of an individual with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 for at least 15 minutes. In Ecuador, Jill Biden is scheduled to meet with President Guillermo Lasso, and deliver a keynote speech focused on democracy and the challenges of migrating Latin Americans. In Panama, Jill Biden will hold joint events with the first lady of that country, Yazmín Colón de Cortizo. In Costa Rica, the first lady plans to meet one-on-one with President Rodrigo Chaves. A number of Biden administration officials have recently tested positive for the virus, as the BA.2 subvariant has spread around Washington.

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Vice President Harris who did not have symptoms has since recovered. Valerie Biden Owens, the president’s sister, tested positive for the virus in April. Masks are now optional at the White House campus, though meetings with the president are often socially distanced. The White House told reporters that despite the precautions taken to ensure President Biden’s safety, they anticipate that he will catch the virus. To lower the risk, Biden has been avoiding events with crowds and making calculated risk assessments. Ashley Biden is an American social worker, activist, philanthropist, and fashion designer. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in cultural anthropology from Tulane University.