Rep. Matt Gaetz is the latest member of Congress to go into self-quarantine after coming in contact with an individual at CPAC who has since tested positive for the coronavirus.
Gaetz was seen traveling with President Trump on Air Force One about an hour before his office announced that he would go into self-quarantine. Gaetz’s office reports that he is not feeling symptoms, but has received testing and is expecting results soon.
Gaetz received pushback last week for wearing a gas mask on the floor of the House as Congress weighed emergency coronavirus funding. Many viewed the stunt as making light of the situation.
Business Insider reports:
On Monday, Georgia Congressman Doug Collins announced he would self-quarantine “out of an abundance of caution” after CPAC notified him he was at the conference with the patient who tested positive for the coronavirus.
His announcement came after he joined President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence for a tour and coronavirus press conference last week at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, Georgia.
Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote. pic.twitter.com/wjJ4YY4VZz
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 4, 2020
This afternoon, I was notified by CPAC that they discovered a photo of myself and the patient who has tested positive for #COVID19.
While I am not experiencing any symptoms, I have decided to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.
Full statement → pic.twitter.com/74oeaYOBYR
— Rep. Doug Collins (@RepDougCollins) March 9, 2020
Rep. Matt Gaetz, the Florida congressman who mocked coronavirus patients by wearing a gas mask on the House floor, is now in quarantine after being exposed to a patient at CPAC. He also flew on Air Force One with Trump today. #COVID2019 https://t.co/EbixQNlg4z
— Swing Left (@swingleft) March 9, 2020