Former President Barack Obama tests positive for COVID-19

Former President Barack Obama announced Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19.

“I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise,” Obama said in a Twitter post Sunday.

Barack’s wife Michelle has since tested negative and the pair are both fully vaccinated and boosted.

I just tested positive for COVID. I’ve had a scratchy throat for a couple days, but am feeling fine otherwise. Michelle and I are grateful to be vaccinated and boosted, and she has tested negative.

It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down.

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) March 13, 2022

The former president encouraged others to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they haven’t already as cases continue to plummet nationwide.

“It’s a reminder to get vaccinated if you haven’t already, even as cases go down,” Obama said.

The Associated Press reports the U.S. had roughly 35,000 infections on average reported in the last week, which is down from an average of around 800,000 in mid-January.

Since the latest COVID-19 surge has started to suppress, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have eased its guidance for indoor masking. However those who are considered high risk or have underlying health conditions are encouraged to still wear a mask in crowded settings. You can read more on the guidance here.

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