Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton have decided to close their Senate offices out of an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus.
According to The Hill:
Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Thursday that they will temporarily close their offices after a staffer in Sen. Maria Cantwell’s (D-Wash.) office tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
The decisions underscore the growing concern about a widespread outbreak on Capitol Hill, which got its first confirmed case on Wednesday night.
“In response to reports that an aide from another Senate office has tested positive for COVID-19, Sen. Cruz has temporarily closed the D.C. office out of an abundance of caution to protect the health and welfare of staff, constituents, and colleagues in Congress,” Cruz’s office said in a statement.
Cruz is currently quarantined after being exposed to an individual with the virus; the rest of his staff will work remotely. The senator’s office says he is healthy, and his self-quarantine is scheduled to end Thursday night.
This is a major step from the Senators with many expected to follow Cruz and Cotton’s leads.