Rep. Matt Gaetz self-quarantining after contact with person at CPAC who tested positive for coronavirus

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WASHINGTON (WFLA) – Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida says he is self-quarantining after coming in contact with a person at a conference who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted Monday saying he was informed that he came into contact with an attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference 11 days ago. That attendee has since tested positive for COVID-19.

“While the Congressman is not experiencing symptoms, he received testing today and expects results soon,” his tweets said. “Under doctor’s usual precautionary recommendations, he’ll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week.”

According to reporters with our Nexstar DC bureau, Gaetz was on Air Force One with President Trump on Monday.

The news of his possible exposure to the virus comes just days after Rep. Gaetz showed up to a House vote on a coronavirus spending bill wearing a gas mask.

In a tweet Monday, the congressman wrote that he “expected COVID-19 to impact Congress, given the elevated frequency of travel and human contact, and demonstrated his concern last week on the House floor.”

Gaetz is just the latest of several Republican lawmakers who have announced they will self-quarantine after CPAC.

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