WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. congressman from Arizona announced Sunday that he is quarantining himself at home after he came in contact with a person infected with the new coronavirus at a national conservative politics conference in the Washington, D.C., area.
Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican, said that during the annual Conservative Political Action Committee conference in Maryland last month “members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19. I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times.”
Gosar said neither he nor his staff feel ill.
“However, in order to prevent any potential transmission, I will remain at my home in Arizona until the conclusion of the 14-day period following my interaction with this individual,” he said.
“Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, I am closing my office in Washington, D.C. for the week and my team will follow the previously approved” plan to work outside the office.
Gosar represents Arizona’s 4th Congressional District, which includes Florence, San Tan Valley, Gold Canyon and Apache Junction in Pinal County.
Earlier Sunday, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, said he had brief contact with the man at the CPAC and would spend the next few days at his home in Texas until a full 14 days had passed since their interaction.