Donald Trump Jr. with his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle at Georgia Republican Party headquarters November 5, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. John Bazemore/AP Photo
Donald Trump Jr. announced Wednesday night that he'd been cleared to end his COVID-19 isolation and celebrate Thanksgiving “the way it's meant to be.”
On Friday, Trump Jr. announced that he tested positive for COVID-19.
It's not clear when Trump Jr. received his positive diagnosis, but the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend even asymptomatic COVID patients isolate for 10 days.
A spokesman for Trump Jr. told Business Insider that the president's son is asymptomatic and has been isolating since he received his positive test, which came in “at the start of the week” last week.
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Donald Trump Jr. announced he'd tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Five days later, Trump Jr. announced he was cleared to be with his family for Thanksgiving: “I got the medical OK I'm all done with the Rona,” he wrote on Instagram.
An Instagram video showed Trump Jr. with his girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle in front of a turkey dinner Wednesday evening: “So I got cleared, happy to be healthy, and we get to spend Thanksgiving the way it's meant to be,” he said.
The two bought enough food for “six or seven people,” Trump Jr. said, and were eating it on Wednesday “as a little extra celebration.”
He added that the meal in the video was their “back up plan.” He added that they were “just going to double up on the Thanksgiving day feast,” suggesting that couple will have a second Thanksgiving meal Thursday with other people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends against any gathering that brings together people from different households for the holidays.
CDC recommends people sick with COVID-19 isolate for 10 days, even if they're asymptomatic
In a Friday Instagram video confirming his diagnosis, Trump Jr. emphasized that he was “totally asymptomatic” but would “follow the regular protocols.”
He suggested it could have been a false positive test, and said that he hoped he could “test a couple times in a row negative before the holidays.”
According to the CDC, even people who have no symptoms need to isolate for 10 days following the date of their positive test before they can be around others (including household and family members). Experts also warn that a negative test is not necessarily a free pass to spend the holiday with family.
It's not clear when Trump Jr. first learned he had COVID-19.
A spokesman for Trump Jr. told Business Insider Friday that the president's eldest son had been isolating since he received his positive test.
“Don tested positive at the start of the week and has been quarantining out at his cabin since the result,” the spokesperson said. “He's been completely asymptomatic so far and is following all medically recommended COVID-19 guidelines.”
It also recommends against anyone attending or hosting a Thanksgiving gathering with a person who has been exposed to someone with COVID-19 in the last 14 days, which would include Guilfoyle.
Trump Jr.'s girlfriend did test positive for COVID-19 earlier this year.
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