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Ted Cruz to extend self-quarantine after second interaction with individual who tested positive for coronavirus

March 9, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

As lawmakers on Capitol Hill grapple with how to contain the spread of coronavirus across the United States, eight members of Congress are now taking steps to either self-quarantine or otherwise isolate themselves as a precaution after coming into contact with an infected individual.

Washington (CNN)Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas announced on Friday that he will extend his self-quarantine until March 17 after "a second interaction" with an individual who tested positive for coronavirus.

Matt Gaetz of Florida, Doug Collins of Georgia, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Mark Meadows of North Carolina -- opted to self-quarantine after interacting with an individual at the Conservative Political Action Conference who has tested positive for coronavirus.

On Tuesday, Virginia Rep. Don Beyer announced that he will self-quarantine after learning that a friend he interacted with recently tested positive.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas initially announced that he had been notified that he was in contact with an individual at CPAC who tested positive and is showing symptoms.

Now, however, he is extending that self-quarantine after a second interaction with an individual who tested positive.

"While the congressman is not experiencing symptoms, he received testing today and expects the results soon," the message stated, going on to say, "Under doctor's usual precautionary recommendations, he'll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week. "

Gaetz announced on Tuesday that his test results came back negative, but said he would remain in self-quarantine until Thursday "in an abundance of caution. "

"While I feel completely healthy and I am not experiencing any symptoms, I have decided to self-quarantine at my home for the remainder of the 14-day period out of an abundance of caution," Collins said in a statement.

Republican Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona put out a statement on Sunday saying that he was similarly notified that during CPAC he was in contact with an individual who had tested positive.

Democratic Rep. Julia Brownley of California put out a statement on Monday saying that she has been informed that "an individual I met with last week in DC tested positive for COVID-19. "

Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina opted to self-quarantine after learning this weekend that he might have interacted with the CPAC attendee who tested positive for the coronavirus, according to his chief of staff Ben Williamson.

Democratic Rep. Don Beyer of Virginia said in a statement on Tuesday that he will self-quarantine after having dinner with an individual who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Florida Sen. Rick Scott, a first-term Republican, announced on Thursday that he will self-quarantine after potentially coming into contact with a member of the Brazilian delegation who tested positive for coronavirus.

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