GOP Reps. Meadows, Collins and Gaetz to self-quarantine, interacted with infected individual at CPAC

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GOP Reps. Meadows, Collins and Gaetz to self-quarantine, interacted with infected individual at CPAC
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GOP Reps. Meadows, Collins and Gaetz to self-quarantine, interacted with infected individual at CPAC
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Two Republican members of Congress who interacted with President Donald Trump over the weekend announced Monday that they will voluntarily self-quarantine after discovering they interacted with a Conservative Political Action Conference attendee who tested positive for novel coronavirus.

In response to an inquiry by reporters, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement late Monday saying that the president has not been tested for the coronavirus.

Georgia Rep. Doug Collins announced he’d been informed there’s a photo of him with the Conservative Political Action Conference attendee who tested positive for the virus. He shook hands with Trump on the tarmac at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia, Friday and then joined the president on a tour of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta.

The second congressman, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz was spotted Saturday night at Mar-a-Lago where Trump hosted a dinner for Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

Gaetz also rode with Trump in the president’s armored limousine — nicknamed “The Beast” — to the Orlando, Florida, airport Monday and then flew back to Washington with him on Air Force One.

Incoming White House chief of staff and Republican Rep. from North Carolina, Mark Meadows, also announced he is self-quarantining until Wednesday after being informed he may have come into contact with the CPAC attendee who tested positive. Meadows received testing on Monday and the results came back negative, according to a statement from his chief of staff. He’s not experiencing any symptoms, according to the statement.

Despite concerns that administration officials were exposed to COVID-19 at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Maryland late February, senior White House sources told ABC News Monday that Trump and his closest advisers had not been tested for the coronavirus as of Monday morning.

At a press briefing Monday afternoon Vice President Mike Pence said he hadn’t been tested and late Monday, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement confirming that Trump had not been tested.

“The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms. President Trump remains in excellent health, and his physician will continue to closely monitor him,” according to the statement. “Per current CDC guidelines, medical professionals should base testing decisions on patient symptoms and exposure history.”

The contacts with Collins and Gaetz may have been the closest known that Trump has had with someone who directly interacted with an individual who tested positive for the virus.

You can read the rest of Libby Cathey’s article at ABCnews.com

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