Updated Mar 10, 2020 - Health

Lawmakers self-quarantine after contact with confirmed coronavirus cases

Rep. Mark Meadows speaks to members of the media at the Capitol in January. Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said on Tuesday that he will self-quarantine following "a positive test for COVID-19 by a friend in Washington, D.C., with whom he recently interacted," per a statement.

Details: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) and Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), Rep. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) andRep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) also self-quarantined after coming into contact with someone at CPAC 2020 who tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Meanwhile, Rep. Julia Brownley (D-Calif.) said she will self-quarantine after coming in contact with a confirmed case in D.C.

  • All of the lawmakers who've placed themselves in isolation for 14 days stress they have shown no symptoms of the virus and are taking the action as a precautionary measure.

The big picture: The attendee from the CPAC conference that's sparked the bulk of the concerns is quarantined and under medical care in New Jersey after returning a positive result on Saturday.

  • President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence spoke at CPAC. Pence told reporters Monday he had not taken a test for the virus.
  • The White House released a statement later Monday saying, "The President has not received COVID-19 testing because he has neither had prolonged close contact with any known confirmed COVID-19 patients, nor does he have any symptoms."

Of note: Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) are reintroducing a 2013 bill that would enable Congress members to "virtually participate in committee hearings and vote remotely on suspension bills from their home districts amid the coronavirus outbreak," per Axios' Alayna Treene, who obtained an advanced copy of the press release announcing the move.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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