The American Conservative Union (ACU) announced Saturday that an attendee at the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
The major annual right-wing gathering was attended by President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence this February along with other high-profiled Republican lawmakers and Trump administration officials.
The patient in question was exposed to the virus before attending the conference and was tested for the disease in a New Jersey hospital, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed as positive on Saturday.
The patient is currently in quarantine in the hospital where they were tested.
The ACU assured that the patient did not make contact with the president or vice president, and never attended the events in the main hall.
However, the organization did not provide any other details about the patient or what events at the conference they did attend.
Attendees who have concerns are urged to contact ACU or the Department of Health for the State of Maryland, where the conference was held.
“Our children, spouses, extended family, and friends attended CPAC,” the statement read. “During this time, we need to remain calm, listen to our health care professionals, and support each other. We send this message in that spirit.”
Important Health Notification for CPAC 2020 participants and attendees. pic.twitter.com/NtahNO8st3
— ACU (@ACUConservative) March 7, 2020
As of Saturday afternoon, there are 401 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in the U.S. and 17 deaths, according to updated data from Johns Hopkins University.
The news comes one day after the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) announced that two attendees at their recent conference have tested positive for coronavirus. Trump and Pence also both attended the AIPAC conference.