RNC chairwoman in self-quarantine pending coronavirus test results

The Washington Examiner reported over the weekend that Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has chosen to self-quarantine following a possible exposure to the coronavirus. 

“Last night, Chairwoman McDaniel began experiencing a fever and flu-like symptoms, and she went to her local hospital in Michigan for treatment,” Michael Ahrens, GOP communications director, tweeted Saturday. “Flu and step tests were administered and came back negative.”

Precautionary measures

Ahrens explained that McDaniel’s doctor then ordered a COVID-19 test “given her symptoms,” adding: “As she awaits the results, out of an abundance of caution, we are contacting everyone that the Chairwoman remembers coming into contact with in recent days.

“Upon the advice of doctors, she and her family are self-quarantining at their home,” the RNC official went on to note.

Ahrens concluded the statement by promising that new information will be provided “when the test results are available.”

Ted Cruz extends self-quarantine

McDaniel is only the latest Washington figure to undergo self-quarantine due to coronavirus fears. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) announced earlier this month that he would be in isolation after interacting with a known infected person at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland in late February, Fox News reported.

On Friday, Cruz revealed that the quarantine would be extended following an interaction he had with Spanish politician Santiago Abascal, someone who has since tested positive.

“Unfortunately, last night I was informed I had a second interaction with an individual who yesterday tested positive for COVID-19,” The Hill quoted Cruz as saying on Friday.

“My understanding is that Mr. Abascal tested positive for COVID-19 last night,” the Texas Republican added in a statement. “His staff have informed us that he was asymptomatic at the time of our meeting and that several days after our meeting he had extended interactions with another individual who has also tested positive.”

Trump in the clear

President Trump was tested for the disease after having attended a meeting at his Mar-A-Lago resort in Florida with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, whose communication secretary — also in attendance at the aforementioned the meeting — was found last week to have contracted the virus, according to Reuters. The health status of Bolsonaro himself has also been the subject of some uncertainty in recent days.

It was announced on Saturday that Trump has not in fact been infected.

“Last night after an in-depth discussion with the President regarding COVID-19 testing, he elected to proceed,” the president’s physician, Sean Conley, declared, according to The Hill. “This evening I received confirmation that the test is negative.”

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