The White House announced on Wednesday it would change its COVID-19 disclosure policy and will announce any positive tests among officials in the future if they come into contact with President Biden, Vice President Harris or their spouses.
It comes after press secretary Jen Psaki admitted there had been multiple cases in the White House that had not been previously disclosed.
“Because of our commitment to transparency, what we will be providing going forward is updates on every White House official who tests positive for COVID-19 and who the White House medical department believes had been in close contact with the president.” , vice president, first lady or second gentleman,” Psaki said.
White House staff have been informed, she added.
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters the White House was changing its COVID-19 disclosure policy on Wednesday and will now announce any positive tests among officials if they come into contact with President Biden, Vice President Harris or their husbands.
President Biden traveled to Cincinnati, Ohio on Wednesday. The White House will now announce positive tests from anyone who has been in close contact with the president, vice president, or their spouses
The US registered 52,111 new COVID-19 cases on Monday with a seven-day moving average of 34,682, up 224% from the average of 10,678 recorded three weeks ago.
“I also note that today an email from our COVID-19 Operations protocol team was sent to White House staff, informing them of the official policy, which if you are in close contact with the Director and If you test positive for COVID-19, your case will be disclosed to the press, along with all other pertinent details,” she told reporters who traveled with the president to Cincinnati, Ohio.
The policy change is the latest admission that vaccinations have not ended infection risk.
The Biden administration has resumed in-person events, such as no-social distancing press conferences, in the same way much of the country has dropped restrictions.
But Tuesday it emerged that an aide to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and a White House official had both tested positive despite being vaccinated.
White House protocols were already under scrutiny after it was revealed that the vice president had tested negative following a meeting with Texas House Democratic lawmakers last week, who then tested positive.
Her office said the contact was not close enough to require a period of quarantine.
Psaki said more cases are inevitable.
“We know there will be breakthrough cases, but as this case shows, cases in vaccinated individuals are generally mild,” she said when asked about the case at the White House.
She then admitted that there had been more cases that had not been made public.
‘There have been.’ she said.
“I will say that under an agreement we made during the transition to be transparent and make information available, we committed to proactively release information if they are NCOs.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was spotted wearing a facemask in the Capitol on Tuesday amid new warnings about the dangers of the Delta variant of coronavirus
It follows a series of warnings about increasing cases, the threat of the Delta variant of the virus, and new mask mandates.
Los Angeles County residents are now being asked to wear masks indoors again, regardless of their vaccination status.
Masks have also returned to Congress amid an increase in cases.
Brian Monahan, the attending physician for Congress, released a memo Tuesday warning of the “serious threat” of the delta variant to unvaccinated people, but stopped recommending masks.
“The Centers for Disease Control generally do not require vaccinated individuals to wear a mask indoors at this time,” he said.
“Despite the vaccine’s excellent protective value in preventing hospitalization and death, there is still a possibility that a fully vaccinated person could develop a nose and throat infection, mild symptoms or the ability to transmit the coronavirus infection to others.” to get.’