Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said that he is staying home under self-quarantine after news emerged that he may have interacted with a person who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.
“Rep. Meadows was advised this weekend that he may have come into contact with the CPAC attendee who tested positive for COVID-19, now 12 days ago. Out of an abundance of caution, Meadows received testing which came back negative,” Ben Williamson, Meadowss spokesman, said in a statement late Monday.
“While hes experiencing zero symptoms, under doctors standard precautionary recommendations, hell remain at home until the 14-day period expires this Wednesday,” Williamson added.
President Donald Trump on Friday named Meadows as his next acting chief of staff, replacing Mick Mulvaney who had been in the role for more than a year.
Meadows is among other Republican Congress members who attended the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland in late February who have said they are undergoing self-quarantines after being informed they may have interacted with an attendee who later tested positive for the virus. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) and Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) have issued statements about undergoing self-quarantines as a precaution until 14 days have passed since the event.
None of the lawmakers have noted any symptoms of the virus. Symptoms may include fever, coughing, and difficulty breathing, although Chinese researchers have noted other symptoms, such as fatigue, diarrhea, chest pains, and headaches.
The American Conservative Union, which organizes CPAC, said on March 7 that an attendee tested positive for COVID-19 at a New Jersey hospital after attending the event. The patient was exposed to the virus before attending the convention and is under quarantine at a local hospital.
The person didnt come into contact with Trump or Vice President Mike Pence, who both attended the conference, which lasted for several days in late February.
Matt Schlapp, the head of the American Conservative Union, told media outlets on Sunday he interacted with the COVID-19 patient and also shook the presidents hand on the last day of the conference, although he said he hasnt tested positive for the virus and isnt experiencing any symptoms.
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham said late Monday that Trump has not had testing for COVID-19 “because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients nor does he have any symptoms.”