Ashley Biden tests positive for COVID-19, skips Latin America trip

WASHINGTON — Ashley Biden, the daughter of Presidents Joe Biden and Jill Biden, has COVID-19 and is no longer accompanying her mother on a tour of Latin America, the White House said Wednesday.

She is not considered a close liaison with any of her parents, said Michael LaRosa, the first lady’s spokesman. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said it had been “several days” since the president and first lady last saw their daughter.

Ashley Biden’s positive test result was announced just before Jill Biden’s flight on Wednesday to Ecuador, the first stop of her six-day Latin America trip. The first lady also planned to visit Panama and Costa Rica before returning to Washington next week.

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It’s the second time the coronavirus has caused 40-year-old Ashley Biden to refrain from traveling abroad with her mother.

In early May, she was nudged away from the First Lady’s trip to Eastern Europe to visit Ukrainian refugees after learning she had been a close contact with someone who later tested positive for COVID-19. Ashley Biden tested negative after that exposure, LaRosa said.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines “close contact” with an infected person as staying 15 minutes or more with them in a 24-hour period. The CDC says people with “close contacts” don’t need to be quarantined if they’re up to date on their vaccines, but should wear well-fitting masks around other people for 10 days after contact.

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