Washington (CNN) President Donald Trump has been cleared to return to an active schedule, according to a new memo from his physician, Dr. Sean Conley, released Saturday night.
The memo claims Trump met the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention criteria to end isolation, but does not say Trump received a negative test for coronavirus from the first positive test for the virus last week. . However, this is not a criterion for eliminating isolation, according to the CDC.
“Tonight I am happy to report that in addition to the president meeting the CDC criteria for safe termination of isolation, this morning̵
Conley wrote that Trump is 10 days after symptom onset, has been fever-free for “well over 24 hours” and after diagnostic tests, “there is no longer any evidence of active replication of the virus.”
Conley did not fully explain what “advanced diagnostic tests” the president had received. For example, it did not reveal whether so-called viral culture was performed, the process by which scientists try to infect living cells to see if an active virus is present.
Conley’s latest revelation comes as Trump prepares to get back on the campaign trail after being sidelined during his fight against the virus. It is likely to raise further questions about the president’s health as officials continue to deliver carefully worded statements about it as the campaign enters its final stretch.
Trump on Saturday held his first public event since his diagnosis, delivering a highly political speech to a crowd of supporters crammed into the White House’s South Lawn. He is currently scheduled to hold at least three in-person rallies this next week, starting Monday in Florida. Conley says he will continue to monitor Trump “as he returns to an active schedule”.
Officials – including Conley – have not yet revealed when the president last tested negative before his positive test last week, which would offer insight into when he was contagious and how contagious he was.
Trump, who left the hospital earlier this week after receiving treatment for the virus, credited his speedy recovery to his quick treatment during an interview with Fox News on Friday.
“I think the secret to me was that I arrived very early,” he told the network’s medical collaborator, Dr. Marc Siegel.
Trump received an immediate dose of experimental monoclonal antibody therapy at the White House, then was treated with a course of the infused antiviral drug remdesivir and the steroid dexamethasone during his hospital stay. He had also been given supplemental oxygen, Conley had previously said.
This story has been updated with additional background information and context.
CNN’s Devan Cole, Shelby Lin Erdman, and Maggie Fox contributed to this report.