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-BalartHillicon Valley: Uber lays off 3,000 | FBI unlocks Pensacola shooter's phones | Lawmakers introduce bill restricting purchase of airline equipment from Chinese companies Bipartisan bill would restrict purchases of airport equipment from Chinese companies Red-state cities get cool reception from GOP on relief aid 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 ScaliseHouse members race to prepare for first-ever remote votes Pelosi makes fans as Democrat who gets under Trump's skin Trump, GOP go all-in on anti-China strategy MORE (R-La.) announced Wednesday evening he will also self-quarantine.

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

Several members of Congress have already self-quarantined after exposure to a person at the Conservative Political Action Conference who later tested positive, including Reps. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzImpeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board House GOP urge Trump against supporting additional funding for state and local governments GOP lawmakers press Trump to suspend visas over coronavirus job losses MORE (R-Fla.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarConservative lawmakers press Trump to suspend guest worker programs for a year Impeachment figure among those chosen for Facebook's new oversight board Cruz rebukes San Antonio City Council for denouncing 'Chinese virus' as hate speech MORE (R-Ariz.) and Doug CollinsDouglas (Doug) Allen CollinsThe 10 Senate seats most likely to flip Loeffler says she won't drop out of Georgia Senate race after stock trade controversy Kelly Loeffler's husband donates million to pro-Trump group MORE (R-Ga.) and Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzState Department scrutiny threatens Pompeo's political ambitions 125 lawmakers urge Trump administration to support National Guard troops amid pandemic Parties gear up for battle over Texas state House MORE (R-Texas).