CDC director Rochelle Walensky has tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement issued by the agency on Saturday.
Walensky is “up to date with her vaccines,” the statement said, and is experiencing mild symptoms. She is isolating at home, per her agency’s guidance, which recommends quarantining for at least five days after testing positive.
The director’s case comes amid concerns among Biden administration officials and public health experts alike about a tough Covid-19 winter ahead, with hospitalizations already on the rise in Europe. The U.S. has not yet seen a significant uptick in cases, hospitalizations or deaths yet, according to CDC data, though about 360 people continue to die each day from the virus.