CPAC attendee infected by coronavirus came into contact with person who shook Trump's hand (details)
We have some more information on the CPAC 2020 attendee who tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19).
The Chairman of the Conservative Political Action Conference, Matt Schlapp, has confirmed with the Washington Post that he personally shook the unnamed individual's hand, while also shaking President Trump's hand in addition to "interacting" with the infected person at the event.
While we don't know exactly what day Schlapp shook the person's hand, he was photographed with Trump on the last day of the conference. This could lead one to include that he got up close and personal with the president after he already came in contact.
What's more: The Hill is reporting that Schlapp confirmed shaking Trump's hand after interacting with the patient.
Schlapp is trying to downplay the entire thing:
“I think we have to be calm and see what occurs here and hope our friend gets better,” he said.
On Fox & Friends, Schlapp repeated information that was already released by the ACU, saying the infected person didn't interact one-on-one with Trump:
“I can verify that he had no contact with either the president or the vice president,” he said. “And I can tell you, when the president was on site at CPAC, he lives by what he tells us, because I saw him scrub down his hand and clean his hands more than once while he was on the premises.”
“I think he was there most of the time, and the patient did not, I would say this, he didn't spend a lot of time going all over the conference,” Schlapp added.
But, right now, it's too early to tell who else might have been infected with a positive test, if any. It can't be ruled out yet.
Schlapp said he has already contacted every person who “might have had contact with the patient, if I can verify it.” He also said he would do everything in his power and "take all necessary steps" to try and overcome any bad results of this.
So far the coronavirus has infected hundreds of people across the United States and it is spreading rapidly. Several prominent Republicans were at the event including Trump's entire cabinet.