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Rep. Matt Gaetz Says He Tested Negative for Coronavirus, Still in Self-Quarantine

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tested negative for the COVID-19 coronavirus on Tuesday, according to an update from his office.

“Ive just been informed that my COVID-19 lab result was negative. In an abundance of caution, I will remain under self-quarantine at the advice of medical professionals through Thursday at 2 p.m. I continue to feel fine and show no symptoms,” Gaetz wrote on social media.

The Florida lawmaker, who drew headlines last week for wearing a gas mask in Congress, announced this week that he would self-quarantine after he interacted with a person who was confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19 during a conservative conference.

Gaetz added in a Twitter post that he is appreciative of the people around the United States who are working to fight the outbreak.

Other members of Congress, including Reps. Doug Collins (R-Ga.) and Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), as well as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) have self-quarantined after attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland late in February. They also interacted with the coronavirus patient, who CPACs organizers said has been quarantined inside a New Jersey hospital.

But officials said that Gaetz rode on Air Force One with President Donald Trump and spent the weekend at the presidents Mar-a-Lago property, according to reports.

Ive just been informed that my COVID-19 lab result was negative.

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.

— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) March 10, 2020

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), tapped to become Trumps acting chief of staff, announced he would self-quarantine after interacting with the CPAC attendee.

“Out of an abundance of caution, Meadows received testing which came back negative,” his office said in statement on Tuesday. “While hes experiencing zero symptoms, under doctors standard precautionary recommendations, hell remain at home until the 14 day period expires this Wednesday.”

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