BREAKING news alert folks….
Ted Cruz is in a self-imposed, stay at home, quarantine after fearing he has been exposed to the Sun Virus at CPAC.
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Cruz himself released this Statement:
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ABC News had more information:
U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz announced he will self-quarantine at his home in Texas after he was potentially exposed to coronavirus at CPAC.
The senator said he interacted "for less than a minute" and shook the hand of the CPAC attendee who tested positive for COVID-19.
Cruz said that he is currently not experiencing any symptoms.
The 2020 Conservative Political Action Conference took place in Maryland during the last week in February.
Although the interaction occurred 10 days ago, Cruz said he has decided to wait for the full 14-day incubation period.
"Out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as a part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week," he said in a statement.
Cruz is the first member of Congress to undertake self-quarantine since the outbreak began.
Here's more, from Fox News:
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, issued a statement Sunday revealing that he had interacted with an attendee at last month’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) who had tested positive for the coronavirus --and as a result, he'll stay at home until two weeks have passed since the encounter.
Officials with the American Conservative Union (ACU), which hosted CPAC, said Saturday the attendee had been exposed before the conference, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed his case.
Cruz said his interaction with that individual “consisted of a brief conversation and a handshake.”
“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,” Cruz said.
He added that he did not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine because testing was not effective before symptoms manifest.
“The medical authorities explicitly advised me that, given the above criteria, the people who have interacted with me in the 10 days since CPAC should not be concerned about potential transmission,” Cruz said.
The senator said he has decided to remain at his home in Texas until 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction because of how frequently he interacts with his constituents and “to give everyone peace of mind.”
“Everyone should continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be driven by facts and medical science. We need to continue to be proactive in mobilizing resources to combat this outbreak—including the $8.3 billion in emergency funding we provided last week—and I encourage everyone to follow the recommendations of the CDC and other health professionals in protecting their own health and welfare, as well as the health and welfare of those around them,” Cruz said.
Also Sunday, ACU officials said they were working with the Maryland Department of Health since the CPAC conference was held in that state.