The annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was held in Maryland last month, and the list of notable speakers included President Donald Trump. However, it was the presence of another individual that has generated headlines in recent days.
Fox News has reported that an attendee at the conference has since tested positive for the coronavirus, and that news has prompted two high-profile lawmakers — including Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) — to self-quarantine out of an abundance of caution.
Ted Cruz in self-quarantine
“I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy,” Cruz said in a statement that he released via Twitter. “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 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,” Cruz’s statement continued, although he added that he would be remaining at home as a precautionary measure.
“Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science,” the Texas senator advised.
He concluded: “We need to continue to be proactive in mobilizing resources to combat this outbreak — including the $8.3 billion in emergency funding we provided last week — and I encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other health professionals in protecting their own health and welfare, as well as the health and welfare of those around them.”
Paul Gosar announces office closure
Cruz wasn’t the only noteworthy Washington figure who announced a period of self-quarantine following his attendance at CPAC. Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said that he would also be taking precautions against the possible spread of illness.
“I am announcing that I, along with 3 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,” Gosar tweeted. “My office will be closed for the week.”
The Arizona Republican went on to add: “We are all asymptomatic and feel great. But we are being proactive and cautious.”
CPAC is organized by the American Conservative Union (ACU), and the organization released a statement detailing the steps it is taking with officials in Maryland to address the situation.
“At this time, not a single person has reported any unusual illness,” an ACU statement read. “Thus the Dept of Health is not restricting movements or interactions with others of those hotel employees.”
The organization went on to say: “We continue to remain in close contact with the infected individual and he continues to be doing better. Also at this point, no other CPAC attendee, participant or staff has tested positive for coronavirus.”