Coronavirus Patient Attended CPAC Conference in National Harbor

Gov. Hogan announced in a statement that a person diagnosed with the COVID-19 coronavirus in New Jersey was in Maryland from Feb. 27 to March 1 attending the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in National Harbor, Prince George’s County. 

Hogan said the New Jersey Department of Health informed the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) earlier today, and the MDH notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Hogan’s office also informed White House officials and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the state is working with Prince George’s County officials and conference organizers. 

In his statement, Hogan said people who were at the conference “may be at some risk for acquiring COVID-19.”

“Due to the scale of this conference, we are urging attendees who are experiencing flu-like symptoms to immediately reach out to their health care provider,” Hogan said. Over 19,000 people attended the conference in 2019, and it was at the same location this year. 

He said attendees should monitor themselves for flu-like symptoms and check their temperature twice a day. If their temperature goes above 100.4 degrees or if they have a respiratory illness, they should contact their health care provider and local health department and stay home until receiving further instructions. 

President Trump and Vice President Pence attended the conference. 

The American Conservative Union, which organized the conference, said in a statement that the patient had no contact with the president or vice president. 

The Trump administration is aware of the situation, and we will continue regular communication with all appropriate government officials,” the union said.

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