Uh Oh: A Second GOP Lawmaker Self-Quarantines After Possible Exposure To Coronavirus At CPAC
Over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz announced that he had contact with an individual who tested positive for the coronavirus while attending CPAC last month, and as a result, would be undergoing self-quarantine for the next 14 days to help prevent the spread of the infection.
It seems Rep. Paul Gosar will also be following in Cruz’s footsteps, announcing that he too had contact with this individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference and will be taking precautions as part of a self-quarantine.
Here’s more from Washington Examiner:
“I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times,” he said in a statement.
My statement on #COVID19: pic.twitter.com/dyuq55fnBG
— Rep. Paul Gosar, DDS (@RepGosar) March 9, 2020
Gosar went on to explain that neither he nor the members of his staff who were also exposed are showing symptoms, but he added that he will remain in his Arizona home until the quarantine period is over. Gosar also said his office in Washington, D.C., will be closed for the week.
The congressman became the second known member of Congress to come into contact with the virus carrier. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz had a brief exchange with the victim that lasted “less than a minute” and will also self-quarantine himself despite having “no current symptoms.”
Chairman of the American Conservative Union, Matt Schlapp, stated he also had an interaction with the infected individual. He also made an appearance on stage with President Trump and shook his hands, but said the infected person did not come the day Trump delivered his statement.
The coronavirus has managed to hit 100,000 cases around the globe and caused 3,400 deaths, the vast majority of which happened in China which is more or less ground zero for the infection. So far the U.S. has had 22 deaths due to the virus.
Here’s to hoping folks take proper precautions to help prevent the spread of this awful sickness.