Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is the fourth Republican to self-quarantine after potential COVID-19 coronavirus exposure while attending the right-wing Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington, DC.
His office announced on Twitter that Gaetz has been tested for coronavirus and is currently self-quarantining. He is also closing his Washington, DC office.
Gaetz joins Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and Rep. Doug Collins are also under self-quarantine.
Gaetz had mocked coronavirus by wearing a gas mask:
Reviewing the coronavirus supplemental appropriation and preparing to go vote. https://t.co/wjJ4YY4VZz— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz)1583355661.0
Over the weekend, one of his constituents died from the virus and a second has tested positive. Gaetz was on Air Force One with Trump hours before his self-quarantine.
Here is his announcement:
Congressman Gaetz had expected COVID-19 to impact Congress, given the elevated frequency of travel and human contac… https://t.co/KUHEH4gZQY— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz)1583783826.0
Our Washington office will be closed during this time, with our Pensacola office remaining open.— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@Rep. Matt Gaetz)1583783827.0
Classy. Matt Gaetz mocks essential coronavirus funding by strapping on a gas mask https://t.co/hJIpeMjUqf— Raw Story (@Raw Story)1583357318.0