UPDATE TO STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER OLIVA
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 5:04 pm EDT
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — After consultation with the Department of Health and in accordance with CDC protocols for disease control, all Members and staff have been cleared -- none meet the criteria to be investigated for COVID-19.
Linked here, please find a document provided by the Department of Health, sourced from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that describes the criteria for a patient under investigation for COVID-19.
Speaker Oliva will be available for questions post-Session today.
CORRECTION TO ORIGINAL STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER OLIVA VIA TWITTER
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 4:20 PM EDT
ORIGINAL STATEMENT FROM SPEAKER OLIVA
Mon, Mar 9, 2020, 3:38 PM EDT
“In an effort to set an example in the ongoing fight against COVID-19, and in an abundance of caution for their fellow Members and staff, Representatives Sabatini, Altman, McGhee, Donalds and Byrd, along with a staff member, have voluntarily agreed to submit to testing after attending an event in Washington, D.C., where an attendee later tested positive. They have self-isolated pending return of results. After leaving the event 10 days ago, Representatives Sabatini, Altman, McGhee, Donalds, Byrd and the staff member are NOT symptomatic, and they were not in direct contact at any time with the individual who tested positive for the virus. Furthermore, none of the Members or staff stayed at the same hotel nor did they attend any functions with the person who tested positive.
“In addition to the Members’ proactive response, the House will implement sanitation protocols, including sanitizing desks and common areas to ensure Members, staff, and the public are provided reasonable assurance of cleanliness.
“Lastly, the House is following all CDC recommendations and working closely with the Department of Health.”