FAA chief self-quarantining after shaking hands with congressman who tested positive for coronavirus

FAA chief self-quarantining after shaking hands with congressman who tested positive for coronavirus

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) head Steve Dickson will self-quarantine for a week after contact with Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartGeorgia Republican Drew Ferguson tests positive for COVID-19 Michigan Republican isolating after positive coronavirus test GOP Rep. Mike Bost tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.), who on Wednesday became the first member of Congress to announce that they had tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

An FAA official told CNN that Dickson had a “brief interaction” at a House subcommittee hearing with Diaz-Balart on March 11, including a handshake, and will "self-quarantine and work remotely for seven days to ensure he is symptom-free 14 days after contact with the congressman.”

Dickson is not currently displaying any symptoms of the virus, the official said, and while the disease can manifest without symptoms, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines say testing is not necessary for people without symptoms.


"The smart and constructive thing for me to do is stay home,” Dickson said, adding that he is feeling well, according to Reuters.

Dickson is the latest figure to self-quarantine after Diaz-Balart’s positive test. House Minority Whip Steve ScaliseStephen (Steve) Joseph ScaliseOvernight Health Care: House Dem report blasts Trump coronavirus response | Regeneron halts trial of antibody drug in sickest hospitalized patients | McConnell says Congress will take up stimulus package at start of 2021 Democrats call Trump's COVID-19 response 'among the worst failures of leadership in American history' House Republicans slated to hold leadership election on Nov. 17 MORE (R-La.) announced Wednesday evening he will also self-quarantine.

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), meanwhile, also announced he had tested positive Wednesday.

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