Gaetz becomes fourth GOP congressman to self-quarantine after possible coronavirus exposure at CPAC

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzKinzinger, Gaetz get in back-and-forth on Twitter over Cheney vote Federal investigators seeking cooperation from former Gaetz girlfriend, second key witness: CNN GOP braces for wild week with momentous vote MORE (R-Fla.) became the latest member of Congress to announce that he will self-quarantine as a precautionary measure after coming into contact with a person who tested positive for the coronavirus at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).


Gaetz, who traveled on Air Force One on Monday, is not currently experiencing symptoms, according to his office. The Florida Republican “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," his office said.

The congressman last week tweeted a picture of himself wearing a gas mask on the House floor, which the House sergeant-at-arms asked him to remove in the chamber.


Gaetz’s office acknowledged the incident Monday, tweeting, “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 added that Gaetz’s Washington office will be closed during the quarantine period, while his Pensecola, Fla., office will be open.

Gaetz is the fourth Republican member of Congress to self-quarantine after making contact with the person in question, following Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSenate panel deadlocks in vote on sweeping elections bill Senate descends into hours-long fight over elections bill Ocasio-Cortez hits Yang over scrapped Eid event: 'Utterly shameful' MORE (Texas) and Reps. Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program 136 Republicans get Fs in accountability rankings from anti-Trump GOP group House rejects GOP resolution to censure Waters MORE (Ariz.) and Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsPoll shows tight GOP primary for Georgia governor The Hill's Morning Report - Census winners and losers; House GOP huddles Former Rep. Doug Collins won't enter Georgia Senate race MORE (Ga.).