Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) on Sunday, March 8, said that he will remain at home for 14 days after he had encountered a person at the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC) who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

“Last night, I was informed that 10 days ago at CPAC I briefly interacted with an individual who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake,” Cruz said in a statement.

Cruz said the interaction lasted less than a minute and it did not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine. He added that he feels “fine and healthy” and is not experiencing any symptoms. 

“The medical authorities explicitly advised me that, given the above criteria, the people who have interacted with me in the 10 days since CPAC should not be concerned about potential transmission,” Cruz said.

The senator decided to remain at his home until 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction because of how frequently he interacts with his constituents and “to give everyone peace of mind.”

“Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science. We need to continue to be proactive in mobilizing resources to combat this outbreak—including the $8.3 billion in emergency funding we provided last week—and I encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other health professionals in protecting their own health and welfare, as well as the health and welfare of those around them,” Cruz concluded.

The American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosted the CPAC, confirmed over the weekend that one of attendees had been diagnosed with the COVID-19. President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also spoke at the conference. 

“ACU has been in contact with the Health Department of the State of Maryland, and we will explicitly follow the guidance from government health experts,” the ACU said in an email to attendees and participants, ensuring, “This attendee had no interaction with the president or the vice president and never attended the events in the main hall.”

The White House said it is aware of the situation and that there’s no indication that President Trump or Pence “met with or were in close proximity to the attendee.”

Also on Sunday, Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), announced he and three additional staffers were “under self-quarantine” after “sustained contact” with the patient.

“I am announcing that I, along with 3 of my senior staff, are officially under self-quarantine after sustained contact at CPAC with a person who has since been hospitalized with the Wuhan Virus. My office will be closed for the week,” Gosar tweeted.

“We are all asymptomatic and feel great. But we are being proactive and cautious,” he added. “Keep the person in the hospital in your prayers. We are in touch with the CDC and the White House. They are doing a great job staying on top of this.”

The ACU officials said they are working with the Maryland Department of Health which has screened thousand of employees from the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center and the Residence Inn, reported the Fox News.

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