The CPAC attendee who tested positive for the coronavirus attended a VIP congressional event to kick off the festivities the Wednesday before the conference and was exposed to members of congress.
According to The Washington Free Beacon:
The Coronavirus-infected individual who attended the Conservative Political Action Committee’s 2020 conference was present at a VIP congressional reception held on the Wednesday evening the conference first began, the Washington Free Beacon has learned from multiple sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
This would mean that potentially dozens of members of Congress and CPAC leaders who attended the reception were exposed to the infected individual as early as Wednesday evening, rather than Thursday, as initial reports had stated.
Republican bigwigs at the conference are known to have interacted with the infected individual during their time at CPAC. This includes Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Texas), and Reps. Paul Gosar (R., Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.), and Doug Collins (R., Ga.), among others. The lawmakers self-quarantined after learning they came in contact with the infected attendee.
CPAC officials first disclosed the infected party interacted with several lawmakers and other high-level individuals during events held primarily on Thursday. It later became clear that the person also attended a Shabbat dinner held Friday evening.
CPAC organizers refused to disclose the identities of those in attendance at the event.
Tonight we crossed an important threshold: @CPAC ended 9 days ago. According to the experts we consulted that timing w NO NEW corona cases and NO attendees w symptoms is a huge turning point. Over 10,000 in a hotel w the virus present and no one is positive. 🙏🏻👍🏻🇺🇸
— Matt Schlapp (@mschlapp) March 9, 2020
I’m now on with CDC.
The first number I called the woman asked, “Are you media?”
I’m not a liar and I am in the media sphere so I said yes.
I’ve now been told I can only speak to their public affairs team. Despite the fact I’m just trying to get a test for myself.
— Raheem Kassam (@RaheemKassam) March 9, 2020