Lawmakers Quarantine After Potential Contact With COVID-19 Patient
Update: House members are back to work after checking with Florida Surgeon General Scott Rivkees. He told the five members and staffer who had self-quarentied they were at "low risk" and didn't meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines to be tested. They've resumed normal activity.
Five Florida House members, along with a staff member, are now self-isolating. House Speaker Jose Oliva says they'll be tested for the coronavirus after attending the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C.
Another attendee has recently tested positive for the virus. Oliva announced the move Monday afternoon. Officials also breifly closed the chambers to clean and disenfect the area. Many of the members were on the chamber floor this morning. The lawmakers who are self-quarantining include Representatives Anthony Sabatini, Thad Altman, Kionne McGhee, Byron Donalds and Cord Byrd. There are currently no results from the tests. None of the state lawmakers are showing symptoms.
Florida House floor cleared as sterilization team comes in after five Reps and a staff member agree to voluntarily submit to COVID-19 testing. Had recently attended DC event in which another attendee tested positive. pic.twitter.com/DgSoE0N3V6— Forrest Saunders (@FBSaunders) March 9, 2020
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