Blinken tests COVID-positive

COVID-19 continues to spread throughout the White House, putting 87-year-old President Joe Biden at risk.

The Daily Caller reports that Secretary of State Antony Blinken has become the latest member of the Biden administration to test positive for COVID-19. 

The announcement

“Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken tested positive for COVID-19 this afternoon via a PCR test,” State Department spokesman Ned Price wrote in a statement released on Wednesday.

In the statement, Price attributes Blinken’s “mild symptoms” to the fact that Blinken is “fully vaccinated and boosted against the virus.”  Price further revealed that Blinken “tested negative” on Tuesday and Wednesday morning.

Price writes, “in accordance with the CDC guidelines and in consultation with the Department’s Bureau of Medical Services, the Secretary will isolate at home and maintain a virtual work schedule.” He adds, though, that Blinken “looks forward to . . . resuming his full duties and travels.”

How did it happen?

It is not known for sure where Price contracted COVID-19. But, the Daily Caller highlights the fact that “several people contracted COVID-19 after attending the Saturday dinner.”

The outlet here is referring to the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, which was resumed this year after being put on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Daily Caller reports that those who have attended the dinner and who have subsequently contracted COVID-19 include ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl, White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield, and, now, Blinken.

The outlet cautions, “it is impossible to determine where exactly Blinken contracted the virus.”

What about Biden?

Even before the dinner, several members of the Biden administration in recent months have contracted COVID-19. This had led to concerns about the possibility of the illness being spread to President Biden. Biden is fully vaccinated, but his age puts him at an increased risk of COVID-19-complications.

The State Department suggests that Biden, though, is not at risk of contracting COVID-19 from Blinken because Biden and Blinken were not in “close contact.”

“The Secretary has not seen President Biden in person for several days, and the President is not considered a close contact according to guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC),” Price wrote.

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