Michael Bennet won’t self-quarantine after meeting coronavirus patient
U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet will not self-quarantine after coming in contact with a Coloradan who later tested positive for coronavirus, a spokeswoman says.
Two other Coloradans in Congress, Sen. Cory Gardner and Rep. Jason Crow, self-quarantined Tuesday after being told by Tri-County Health that they had met with a coronavirus-positive constituent. Bennet was also told of a possible exposure by Tri-County, a public health agency that serves Denver’s eastern suburbs.
“He appreciates Tri-County’s notification and recommendation,” said Bennet’s spokeswoman, Courtney Gidner. “Michael has consulted with the attending physician of the U.S. Congress and he is following his advice closely, including monitoring his health, isolating in his home and office, and continuing to practice social distancing and other protective measures.”
Bennet, a Denver Democrat and former presidential contender, will remain in the Senate for votes this week, Gidner said.
The announcement comes at a time when senators are considering massive economic stimulus packages, including a Bennet proposal to send all Americans a $2,000 check. There would also be future payments under the Bennet proposal if the coronavirus epidemic continues to wreak havoc on the American economy.
It’s not known whether Gardner, Bennet and Crow met the same infected constituent, but they were all told the contact occurred March 11 and all were notified by Tri-County Health. Tri-County did not immediately respond to questions about the infected constituent or constituents Wednesday morning.