Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) issued a statement on Sunday evening stating that he had voluntarily quarantined himself “out of an abundance of caution” after learning that he had “brief contact” with those present at the Conservative Political Action Committee (CPAC) which is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19, the new corona virus.
As Mediaite reported earlier, the annual CPAC meeting took place last week in National Harbor, Maryland, just outside of Washington, DC, and at least one conference participant tested positive for coronavirus.
The infection occurred before the conference and the person is currently being quarantined at a hospital in New Jersey, where he was tested and his status was confirmed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Both president Donald Trump and vice president Mike Pence went to CPAC this year, although the person did not come into direct contact with one of them.
American Conservative Union (ACU) Chairman Matt Schlapp, who oversees the organization responsible for CPAC every year, said he “had occasional contact with him [the individual]”very briefly,” and also verified that neither Trump nor Pence had contact with this person.
Cruz, like Schlapp, described his interaction with the individual as a minor: “a brief conversation and a handshake … for less than a minute,” and said he had consulted medical authorities from various government agencies, as well as his own personal doctor.
“I don’t experience any symptoms and I feel good and healthy,” Cruz said in his statement. Based on his lack of symptoms and the brevity of their interaction, Cruz has been told that his person’s risk of getting coronavirus is “extremely low.”
“Nevertheless, out of abundant caution,” Cruz continued, “and because of the frequency with which I interact with my constituents as part of my work and to reassure everyone, I have decided to stay at my home in Texas for a week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction. “
Cruz’s full statement, as provided to Mediaite, is below:
Last night I was told that 10 days ago at CPAC I had brief contact with a person who is currently symptomatic and has tested positive for COVID-19. That interaction consisted of a short conversation and a handshake.
I have consulted medical authorities from the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as my personal doctor. I also spoke with Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell and Mark Meadows.
I don’t experience any symptoms and I feel good and healthy. Given that the interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation time is 5-6 days, that the interaction lasted less than a minute and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities advised me that the chance of transmission of the another person for me was extremely low.
The doctors also advised that testing is not effective before the symptoms manifest and my short interaction with the individual does not meet the CDC criteria for self-quarantine.
The medical authorities have explicitly advised me that, given the above criteria, people who have worked with me for 10 days since CPAC do not have to worry about possible transfer.
Nevertheless, I have decided to stay at home for a full 14 days this week, out of an abundance of caution and because of the frequency with which I interact with my constituents as part of my work and to reassure everyone. days have passed since the CPAC interaction.
Everyone must continue to treat this outbreak seriously and be guided by facts and medical science. We must remain 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 of their own health and well-being, as well as the health and well-being of the people around them.
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