A top ally of President Donald Trump has been exposed to the novel coronavirus and is taking all necessary precautions as a result.
According to Fox News, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is in a self-imposed quarantine after interacting with individuals who have since tested positive for COVID-19, although it is unclear whether Scott has actually been infected.
Scott was reported to have attended a meeting in Florida last weekend with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. Although it is still unclear whether Bolsonaro himself has the virus, it has been established that Bolsonaro’s press secretary indeed tested positive after having been present at the gathering in question, according to the New York Post.
As such, all who interacted with these individuals are now potentially at risk of having the illness, and Scott has self-quarantined in response to the potential danger.
However, Scott has made it clear that it is not at all certain that he has even contracted COVID-19. “I took my temperature again this morning and I don’t have a temperature,” Scott said on Saturday.
“I’m doing this out of precaution,” he continued. “I want to make sure that I don’t have an adverse impact on anybody else.”
Despite his known interaction with infected individuals, Scott has yet to be tested for the coronavirus. He explained, “My doctors have told me that I have a low risk, that I don’t need a test since I don’t have any symptoms.”
Scott isn’t the only high-profile individual who has recently interacted with the Brazilian president and his aides. According to The New York Times, both President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence were also involved in last weekend’s meetings.
Neither individual, however, appears to have contracted COVID-19. In fact, President Trump has been tested for the illness, and the White House announced Saturday that the results came back negative, the Associated Press reported.
Others, however, have not been as fortunate. Miami Mayor Francis Suarez (D), for example, has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Washington Examiner, after he came into contact with Bolsonaro and others from the Brazilian delegation last weekend at the president’s Mar-A-Lago resort.
Scott joins a growing list of lawmakers who are currently in self-quarantine after potential or actual exposure to COVID-19.
According to The Washington Post, among those also taking precautionary steps are Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), as well as Reps. Don Beyer (D-VA), Julia Brownley (D-CA), Douglas A. Collins (R-GA), Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul A. Gosar (R-AZ), and Mark Meadows (R-NC).