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Sen. Ted Cruz to stay home after coming in contact with coronavirus patient

In a statement on Twitter, Cruz said he had a brief conversation and shook hands with a person who has since tested positive for coronavirus.

HOUSTON — Sen. Ted Cruz posted a statement to his Twitter page Sunday night saying he was going to remain home after learning he had a "brief conversation and a handshake" with a person who tested positive for COVID-19.

"I have consulted with medical authorities from the Houston Health Department, the Harris County Public Health department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the Department of Health and Human Services, as well as my own physician," the statement said. "I have also spoken with Vice President Pence, Leader McConnell and Mark Meadows."

Cruz said he was not experiencing any symptoms and that he feels fine and healthy. He said because the "interaction was 10 days ago, that the average incubation period is 5-6 days, that the interaction was for less than a minute, and that I have no current symptoms, the medical authorities have advised me that the odds of transmission from the other individual to me were extremely low."

He also said medical authorities told him "the people who have interacted with me in the 10 days since CPAC should not be concerned about potential transmission." 

"Nevertheless, out of an abundance of caution, and because of how frequently I interact with my constituents as part of my job and to give everyone peace of mind, I have decided to remain at my home in Texas this week, until a full 14 days have passed since the CPAC interaction," Cruz said.

Vice President Mike Pence has been leading the nation's task force on the coronavirus, once cases in the U.S. began appearing. 

The virus originated in Wuhan, China and has since spread to other parts around the globe. In the U.S., 19 people have died from the virus and nearly 500 have the coronavirus. 

Symptoms of COVID-19 include:

  • Cough 
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fever

The press office of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) issued the following statement on Monday:

“Sen. Cruz feels great, has not exhibited any symptoms of the coronavirus in the last 11 days, and is not currently experiencing any symptoms. Sen. Cruz’s own decision to stay at home in Texas this week – until a full 14 days have passed since the interaction on February 27 – was made out of an abundance of caution and to give everyone peace of mind, not because it was medically recommended.

“Importantly, medical authorities assured Sen. Cruz that anyone who has interacted with him over the last 11 days should not be concerned about potential transmission and they do not require any special treatment, including self-quarantine. As such, Sen. Cruz’s staff is following the recommendations of these medical authorities in response to this interaction.

“The office is open, continuing operations, and taking all necessary precautions to ensure their own health and wellness, as well as the health and wellness of our family members, our constituents, our colleagues in Congress, and everyone around us.”

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