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Sen. Ted Cruz, Rep. Paul Gosar to Self-Quarantine After Interacting With Man Infected With Coronavirus


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Four US lawmakers have entered quarantine after meeting a man who was later diagnosed with the deadly coronavirus.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) announced they are going into isolation after learning that they interacted with a man infected with COVID-19 at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) nearly two weeks ago.

Cruz said in a statement he had “a brief conversion” and shook hands with the infected individual.

“I’m not experiencing any symptoms, and I feel fine and healthy. 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,” said Cruz.

Despite having no symptoms, Cruz said he was quarantining himself in his Texas home “until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction.”

Gosar also admitted to having sustained contact with the infected man. He and three of his senior staff are under self-quarantine.

“We are all asymptomatic and feel great. But we are being proactive and cautious,” Gosar explained

The Arizona representative’s office will be closed this week.

President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also attended the CPAC conference but organizers said neither of them were anywhere close to the man.

In addition, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) and Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) announced on Monday, they have also self quarantined over the chance they may have come in contact with the same person at the conference who tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. 

The virus has infected more than 100,000 people worldwide and killed over 3,400, the vast majority of them in China. Most cases are mild and most people infected with COVID-19 recover.

The US has tallied at least 539 cases across 34 states. The coronavirus has killed 22 people, most of whom were from Seattle’s Life Care Center nursing home, which is now under investigation by federal and state departments.

Washington state has the country’s largest concentration of cases, with at least 70. Meanwhile, Connecticut reported its first case.

Washington state, New York, California, and Oregon have declared emergencies and a number of schools across the nation are shutting down.

Trump signed an $8.3 billion measure to help public health agencies deal with the crisis and speed up the development of vaccines and treatments. 

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Emily Jones is a multi-media journalist for CBN News in Jerusalem. Before she moved to the Middle East in 2019, she spent years regularly traveling to the region to study the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, meet with government officials, and raise awareness about Christian persecution. During her college years, Emily served as president of Regent University's Christians United for Israel chapter and spoke alongside world leaders at numerous conferences and events. She is an active member of the Philos Project, an organization that seeks to promote positive Christian engagement with the Middle