AIPAC attendees may have encountered coronavirus patient before conference

"To our knowledge, no one who attended the conference has tested positive for coronavirus at this time."

The packed hall of the AIPAC 2018 conference  (photo credit: REUTERS)
The packed hall of the AIPAC 2018 conference
(photo credit: REUTERS)
WASHINGTON – The American Israel Public Affairs Committee sent an email to people who attended its policy conference in Washington earlier this week, notifying them that a group of attendees from New York “was potentially in contact prior to the conference with an individual who contracted coronavirus.”
“That individual did not attend Policy Conference,” AIPAC said in an email that was also shared on the pro-Israel Twitter account. “The group has been added to the self-quarantine list. To our knowledge, no one who attended the conference has tested positive for coronavirus at this time,” it said.
AIPAC said it is in close contact with the Washington, DC, Health Department, “and they are coordinating with the CDC [Center for Disease Control] and New York Health Department.”
 

“We are following their guidance for next steps and communication,” AIPAC said. “The DC Health Department considers this a low-risk exposure. They recommend following the same CDC guidelines that we advised participants of throughout the conference.”
AIPAC said it would share new information as it becomes available.
“Although we have been told by the DC Health Department there is no reason to ‘sound the alarm,’ we want to be sure all Policy Conference attendees have the information we have at this time,” the AIPAC email said.