Barack Obama says he tested positive for COVID-19

[ – 2022.03.13] Former President Barack Obama said Sunday that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is “feeling fine” other than a scratchy throat.

Both the 60-year-old Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are fully vaccinated and boosted, the former president said. Michelle Obama has tested negative.

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

As of Saturday, the U.S. was seeing a 7-day average of 37,121 positive tests, according to data collected by Johns Hopkins University. At the height of the surge in January, the U.S. was averaging between 600,000 and 800,000 cases per week.