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Rep. Scalise to Quarantine After Meeting With Infected Diaz-Balart

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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 18 March 2020 10:29 PM

Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., on Wednesday said he will self-quarantine after finding out colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., tested positive for coronavirus.

"I have just been informed that my colleague, Mario Diaz-Balart, tested positive for COVID-19," Scalise said in a statement. "Since I had an extended meeting with him late last week, out of an abundance of caution, I have decided it would be best to self-quarantine based on the guidance of the Attending Physician of the United State Congress.

"Fortunately, I am not experiencing any symptoms, and will continue working remotely on Congress' coronavirus response, and will remain in close contact with the Trump administration’s coronavirus task force, my colleagues in Congress, as well as local officials and health professionals in Louisiana to ensure that swift action to address this crisis continues."

Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, has also tested positive for coronavirus.

Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., said he started experiencing symptoms Saturday, "including a fever and headache."

"I want everyone to know that I am feeling much better," the lawmaker said in the statement. "However, it is important that everyone take this extremely seriously and follow CDC guidelines in order to avoid getting sick and mitigate the spread of this virus. We must continue to work together to emerge stronger as a country during these trying times."

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Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., on Wednesday said he will self-quarantine after finding out colleague Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, R-Fla., tested positive for coronavirus.
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