Sen. Ted Cruz in Self-Quarantine After Being Exposed to Coronavirus
Senator and other Republicans shook hands with infected man at CPAC
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has announced that he is in self-quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus.
Cruz revealed in a Sunday statement that he shook hands with a CPAC attendee who has since tested positive for coronavirus.
The Texas senator said that he is currently not experiencing any symptoms of coronavirus, however, and is self-isolating himself as a precautionary measure.
He says he plans to stay at home until a full two weeks pass since his exposure to coronavirus at CPAC.
"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," Cruz said in a Sunday statement on Twitter.
"That interaction consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake."
Sen. Cruz's full statement reads:
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.
I have consulted with medical authorities from the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as my personal physician. I have also spoken with Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell, and Mark Meadows.
I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low.
The physicians further advised that testing is not effective before symptoms manifest, and my brief interaction with the individual does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine.
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.
Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction.
Today I released the following statement: pic.twitter.com/XGXEa4ozcg— Senator Ted Cruz (@SenTedCruz) March 8, 2020
The chairman of the American Conservative Union has revealed that he interacted with the 55-year-old man infected with coronavirus before shaking hands with President Donald Trump.
Matt Schlapp said he feels "healthy as a horse" after the "incidental contact" with the man who is now recovering in New Jersey following the event in Washington DC from February 27 to March 1.
On Sunday, Arizona Republican Paul Gosar joined Cruz in self-quarantine.
"I am announcing that I, along with three 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."
Schlapp was seen interacting with the likes of Ivanka Trump, Lara Trump, and Jared Kushner at the event last week where he also came into contact with the infected person.
But Schlapp told Fox Sunday: "I had incidental contact with him, very briefly... I feel healthy as a horse."
Schlapp said he had contacted anyone who may have had contact with the infected individual but said that person "had no contact with either the president or the vice president."
"I can tell you, when the president was on site at CPAC, he lives by what he tells us, because I saw him scrub down his hand and clean his hands more than once while he was on the premises, and I did the same," Schlapp continued.
He added in a tweet Sunday night: "We did ask the patient the names of everyone he spent time with.
"Those who interacted with the attendee were informed.
"The good news is NO ONE has any symptoms."
Sen Cruz concluded his statement saying:
“Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science.”