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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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach debates the deregulation bill during session on Friday, May 6, 2011 in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, speaks in support of the parental trigger bill on the floor of the Florida House of Representatives Thursday, April 4, 2013, at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. House Bill 867: Parent Empowerment in Education, passed on a 68-51 vote. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Rep. Cary Pigman, R-Avon Park, left, and Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach confer during session on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, in Tallahassee, Fla.(AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, speaks of a "scorched earth" policy towards child sexual predators Tuesday April 1, 2014, in the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a group of bills that will require sexual predators to be locked up longer, and require that more sexual predators be committed for psychiatric review once they finish their criminal sentences. (AP Photo/Phil Sears)
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, center, confers with Rep. Jay Fano, R-Jacksonville, left, and Rep. Blaise Ingoglia, R- Spring Hill during a session of the legislature on Wednesday, March 4, 2015, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
State Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fort Walton Beach, left, is congratulated by Rep. Lake Ray, R-Jacksonville, center, and Rep. Debbie Mayfield, R-Vero Beach, as the House passed a tax cut bill he sponsored, Thursday, Feb . 11, 2016, in Tallahassee, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Cannon)
House Judiciary Committee Member Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., speaks to members of the media during a break in a closed hearing to interview Justice Department official Bruce G. Ohr on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2018. Ohr will be interviewed as part of an investigation into decisions made by the department in 2016. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. administers the House oath of office to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., during a mock swearing in ceremony on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Zach Gibson)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 30: President Donald Trump takes a selfie with Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., in the House chamber after Trump's State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress on January 30, 2018. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 26: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) speaks during a rally hosted by FreedomWorks September 26, 2018 at the West Lawn of the Capitol in Washington, DC. FreedomWorks hosted a rally to support U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) to run for the House speaker as Òa principled, conservative alternative to current House Republican leadership.Ó (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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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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