President Trump Tests Negative For COVID-19 On Consecutive Days
Oct 12, 2020, 4:00 PM
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WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump has tested negative for COVID-19 on consecutive days, according to a release from White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
The release, which McEnany tweeted Monday afternoon, said the president’s medical team has determined Trump “is not infectious to others.”
Trump was tested using the Abbott BinaxNOW antigen card, which received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and can deliver results in 15 minutes or less.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) October 12, 2020
“It is important to note that this test was not used in isolation for the determination of the president’s current negative status,” said Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, Trump’s physician. “Repeatedly negative antigen tests, taken in context with additional clinical and laboratory data, including viral load, subgenomic RNA, and PCR cycle threshold measurements, as well as ongoing assessment of viral culture data, all indicate a lack of detectable viral replication. This comprehensive data, in concert with the CDC’s guidelines for removal of transmission-based precautions, have informed our medical team’s assessment that the president is not infectious to others.”
Trump was scheduled to attend a rally in Florida Monday night.
Leaving now for Florida Rally. Big crowds!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 12, 2020
The president and first lady Melania Trump tested positive for COVID-19 on October 2.
Trump announced he had entered a “quarantine process” after one of his closest aides tested positive for the virus earlier that day.
Trump then spent three days at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before returning to the White House on October 5.