Rep. Matt Gaetz to self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure at CPAC

Rep. Matt Gaetz to self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure at CPAC

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) announced Monday that he is among the Republicans self-quarantining after learning that he came into contact with someone who tested positive for the coronavirus at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference.

Gaetz joins Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and other Republicans in deciding to self-quarantine after finding out they interacted with an infected attendant at CPAC, an annual conference for conservatives.

Last week, Gaetz mocked coronavirus concerns by wearing a gas mask on the House floor just days before an infected man from his Florida district died. He tweeted Monday that he had merely “demonstrated his concern.”

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Gaetz was on board Air Force One with President Donald Trump shortly before revealing his situation.

As of Monday, there are more than 600 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. ― double the number from Friday. Twenty-six of those infected have died. There have been more than 100,000 cases worldwide, with the majority in mainland China.

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