AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.
AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.
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AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.

Two attendees at AIPAC conference test positive for virus

The conference was attended by thousands including VP Pence, Secretary of State Pompeo, members of Congress and administration officials; There is cause for concern that the virus is now in Washington

Associated Press |
Published: 03.07.20 , 08:47
Two people who attended the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference in Washington earlier this week have tested positive for the coronavirus, the group tweeted Friday.

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  • The cases, in two people from New York, are the first linked to the nation’s capital.
    AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.
    AIPAC conference in Washington D.C.
    (Photo: AFP)
    Thousands of people attended the policy conference, including some members of Congress and administration officials. Vice President Mike Pence, who is heading the Trump administration’s response to the coronavirus, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo were among the speakers.
    Pence and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health appeared to have been caught unaware of the positive tests in the two AIPAC attendees.
    Asked at a White House briefing if he was concerned that the coronavirus was now in Washington, Pence said it was the first he had heard about the cases in the midst of a busy day. “We will be engaged. I’m confident in the same contact tracing that we are for any case,” he said.
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    U.S. Vice President Mike Pence at the AIPAC conference
    (Photo: AP)
    Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health called contact tracing — the process of trying to find out whom the person had been in contact with — “the public health weapon.”
    “We need to get those people isolated to do the contact tracing,” he said. “We don’t have enough information now because this is the first I’ve actually heard about it also.”
    AIPAC, a major pro-Israel lobbying group, used Twitter to announce the positive test results: “We have confirmed that at least two Policy Conference attendees from New York have tested positive for the coronavirus,” it said.
    The group said it is in contact with health officials in Westchester County, New York, and Washington. It urged attendees to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines and to consult with their doctors if they feel ill or have medical questions.
    “If you test positive for coronavirus, we urge you to inform your local health authorities so they can properly coordinate their response to this situation with the appropriate health authorities,” AIPAC said.
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