NC congressman, incoming Trump chief-of-staff Mark Meadows in quarantine

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WASHINGTON (AP/WNCN) — On Capitol Hill, where many lawmakers are older and have frequent contact with the public, leaders were fielding questions from members and staff about how the complex will be secured as coronavirus continues to spread.

Leaders have so far shown little willingness to close the Capitol, but meetings were scheduled throughout the day to discuss preparations.

Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., whom President Donald Trump named Friday as his incoming chief of staff, also went into self-quarantine, said a person familiar with the case but was unauthorized to discuss the matter and granted anonymity.

Meadows has not yet resigned his North Carolina congressional seat and has not yet assumed his new role at the White House, but he is a frequent visitor.

Meadows’ office told Fox News that he tested negative for COVID-19 and has no symptoms.

On Monday, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., and Gaetz put themselves in voluntary quarantine because of their contacts with someone at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

Both said they did not have any symptoms but would wait out the remainder of the 14 days since the contact at home. Gaetz last week wore a gas mask to the House vote on the emergency funding bill for the virus response and said he wanted to highlight how Congress could become “petri dish” for the virus.

Collins had met with Trump last Tuesday night at the White House and shook hands with him Friday when the president visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Atlanta headquarters.

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