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Biden’s daughter tests positive for coronavirus, won’t join first lady on trip

Then-candidate Joe Biden and daughter Ashley Biden at a February 2020 campaign event in Spartanburg, S.C. (Luke Sharrett for The Washington Post)
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Ashley Biden, daughter of President Biden, has tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the White House, and will no longer accompany first lady Jill Biden on a trip to Central America.

Ashley Biden, 40, is an activist and social worker focused on issues related to youths and families and was scheduled to visit Ecuador, Panama and Costa Rica with her mother. Michael LaRosa, a spokesman for the first lady, announced the positive test Wednesday and said Ashley Biden was not considered a close contact to the president and the first lady.

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said the president has not seen his daughter in several days.

“I think about a week is what I’ve been told,” she told reporters at the daily White House briefing, adding that she does not know the last time President Biden was tested.

The first lady departed for Ecuador as scheduled Wednesday afternoon to help finalize decisions for a hemisphere-wide summit in Los Angeles next month. She will meet with Ecuadoran President Guillermo Lasso and first lady María de Lourdes Alcívar de Lasso at the Carondelet Palace in Quito on Thursday and visit a child development center to learn how Ecuador is working to improve childhood nutrition.

The planned week-long summit is part of the president’s continued effort to build relationships with nations in the region. On her trip, Jill Biden will discuss various partnerships the United States seeks to forge to help children, women and families in the countries.