LOMPOC, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 18: U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris delivers remarks to members of Vandenberg Space Force Base at Vandenberg Space Force Base on April 18, 2022 in Lompoc, California. Harris delivered the remarks after meeting with members of the U.S. Space Force and U.S. Space Command as part of her duties as chair of the National Space Council. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Kamala Harris has tested positive for COVID-19, the White House says. It’s a sharp new reminder of the persistence of the highly contagious virus even as the U.S. eases restrictions in a bid to revert to pre-pandemic normalcy. Neither President Joe Biden nor first lady Jill Biden was considered a “close contact” of Harris in recent days. The White House said Tuesday that Harris tested positive on both rapid and a PCR tests, and said she “has exhibited no symptoms.” Harris will isolate at her residence but continue to work remotely, and would only return to the White House once she tests negative for the virus.