Gaetz tests negative for coronavirus

Gaetz tests negative for coronavirus
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - After historic verdict, Chauvin led away in handcuffs House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Jeffries roasts McCarthy over Waters: 'Clean up your own mess' MORE (R-Fla.) announced Tuesday that he tested negative for the novel coronavirus after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for the infection at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).

“I've just been informed that my COVID-19 lab result was negative,” he tweeted. 

“In an abundance of caution, I will remain under self-quarantine at the advice of medical professionals through Thursday at 2pm. I continue to feel fine and show no symptoms.”


The Florida Republican said on Monday that he had interacted with the infected individual at CPAC and would self-quarantine. He flew on Air Force One on Monday and reportedly sat by himself at the back of the plane after learning of the contact.

“Congressman Gaetz had expected COVID-19 to impact Congress, given the elevated frequency of travel and human contact, and demonstrated his concern last week on the House Floor,” his office tweeted Monday. 


“While the Congressman is not experiencing symptoms, he received testing today and expects results soon. Under doctor's usual precautionary recommendations, he'll remain self-quarantined until the 14-day period expires this week.”

Gaetz came under fire from Democrats for wearing a gas mask on the House floor last week during a vote on an $8.3 billion measure to fight coronavirus. 

In addition to Gaetz, Reps. Julia BrownleyJulia Andrews BrownleyOvernight Defense: Tucker Carlson comments cause military rage | Capitol guard duty questioned | Vet who served in Marine One unit charged in insurrection Voters elected a record number of Black women to Congress this year — none were Republican House Democrats eyeing much broader Phase 3 stimulus MORE (D-Calif.), Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsKemp faces uphill battle overcoming Trump's rage Collins hits Warnock after All-Star Game pulled: 'Thanks for nothing' High anxiety over Trump in Georgia GOP MORE (R-Ga.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarHouse rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters Cheney on Trump going to GOP retreat in Florida: 'I haven't invited him' Scalise confident Marjorie Taylor Greene won't launch 'America First Caucus' MORE (R-Ariz.) and Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE (R-N.C.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzChauvin likely to face uphill battle in expected appeal Senate GOP keeps symbolic earmark ban Senate confirms Gupta nomination in tight vote MORE (R-Texas) all announced they would self-quarantine after potentially being exposed to the virus.