Conservative Congressman Closes Capitol Office After CPAC Coronavirus Exposure


The fear of a pandemic outbreak of coronavirus here in the United States has been steadily rising in recent weeks, as more and more cases trickle into the mainstream information channels.

So far, few of the cases within the US have provided any cause for alarm.  The virus has been predictable, preying on the immunocompromised in clusters not unlike the common flu or a viral pneumonia.  Of course, caution is the name of the game, and an overabundance of concern seems to be the best preventative measure we have outside of religiously washing our hands.

In the spirit of that caution, a Republican Congressman who was exposed to coronavirus at CPAC is now closing his Washington office until he clears a self-quarantine.

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Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) will self-quarantine for the next few days and shut down his Washington, DC, office because he interacted with a Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) attendee who has since tested positive for coronavirus.

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“I have been informed that during the CPAC conference members of my staff and I came into contact with an individual who has since tested positive for, and is hospitalized for, COVID-19,” Gosar said in a statement released Sunday evening. “I was with the individual for an extended period of time, and we shook hands several times,” he revealed.

There was some good news, however.

Gosar said neither he nor his staff are exhibiting any symptoms of the illness, which has caused thousands of deaths worldwide after its mysterious outbreak in China’s Wuhan region. “However, in order to prevent any potential transmission, I will remain at my home in Arizona until the conclusion of the 14 day period following my interaction with this individual,” he announced.

“Additionally, out of an abundance of caution, I am closing my office in Washington, D.C. for the week,” and his staff will telecommute in the meantime. He further stated on social media that three senior staff members will also self-quarantine.

The spread of coronavirus COVID-19 has become an increasingly political issue as of late here in the United States, as the President’s political opponents continues to condemn his confidence in the American medical authorities who are handling the situation.

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