Ted Cruz self-quarantining after meeting coronavirus-stricken CPAC attendee

Sen. Ted Cruz is quarantining himself after coming into contact 10 days ago with an attendee of the Conservative Political Action Committee conference who was later diagnosed with the coronavirus.

Cruz said in a Sunday statement he learned of the interaction with the since-infected man last night, but emphasized that he’s not experiencing symptoms and feels “fine and healthy.”

The Republican senator said his contact with the CPAC attendee was limited to “brief conversation and a handshake” at the Maryland event last month.

Health officials advised Cruz “that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low” and his “brief interaction with the individual does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine.”

Cruz added: “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.”

Republican Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar also said he is self-quarantining after he spent “an extended period of time” and shook hands with the coronavirus patient at CPAC.

The American Conservative Union, which hosted CPAC at the end of last month, announced on Saturday that the attendee tested positive for the virus and is being quarantined.

The committee’s chairman, Matt Schlapp, said Sunday on “Fox and Friends Weekend” that the man “is on the mend.”

Schlapp also confirmed that the patient did not come into contact with President Trump or Vice President Mike Pence.

Filed under 3/8/20