Rep. Matt Gaetz coronavirus test comes back negative after contact with person at CPAC who tested positive


WASHINGTON (WFLA) – Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida says his COVID-19 lab result has come back negative after coming in contact with a person at a conference who later tested positive for coronavirus.

Gaetz (R-FL) tweeted Tuesday saying he in an abundance of caution, he will remain under self-quarantine at the advice of medical professionals through Thursday.

The congressman on Monday was informed that he came into contact with an attendee of the Conservative Political Action Conference 11 days ago. That attendee has since tested positive for COVID-19.

According to reporters with our Nexstar DC bureau, Gaetz was on Air Force One with President Trump on Monday.

The news of his possible exposure to the virus comes just days after Rep. Gaetz showed up to a House vote on a coronavirus spending bill wearing a gas mask.

In a tweet Monday, the congressman wrote that he “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.”

Gaetz is just the latest of several Republican lawmakers who have announced they will self-quarantine after CPAC.

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