Coronavirus Crashes AIPAC Conference in DC, 2 Attendees Test Positive

Two individuals have reportedly tested positive for the Coronavirus after attending the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference.

More than 18,000 people attended the conference in Washington D.C. this year, including dozens of members of Congress.

Politico reports the conference initially announced no one was infected with the Coronavirus before shifting course to warn others who had attended the conference:

AIPAC held its annual policy conference earlier this week and had announced Wednesday that a group of attendees had come in contact with someone infected with coronavirus in New York before traveling to the conference. At the time of that announcement, AIPAC said it was not aware of any attendees testing positive since the conference.

That changed with Friday’s announcement that at least two attendees from New York have since tested positive. The pro-Israel lobbying group said it was coordinating the Westchester County Health Department and D.C. Health Department, which was working with New York and national health authorities.

This is the second instance of coronavirus being reported in connection with the Washington area.

AIPAC released a statement notifying their conference attendees of the situation and directing them to the CDC guidelines on how to test for and treat the Coronavirus.

CNBC reports the email said, “there is no particular action necessary at this time for our Congressional Members who attended the meeting in Washington DC.” Advising people who are exhibiting symptoms to see a physician but “no other action” was needed.

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The exposure at AIPAC “would be considered to be an indirect exposure,” the email said, adding that the Office of Attending Physician is monitoring the situation along with the District of Columbia Public Health Authority.

“The DC Health Department considers this a low-risk exposure,” the email said, adding that participants should follow the same CDC guidelines they were handed out during the conference.

According to AIPAC’s website, more than two-thirds of Congress attend the annual policy event, which occurred earlier this month.  Those scheduled to speak at the event this year included Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., House Republican Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Secretary of State Mike Pompeo; and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y, according to its website.