Reps. Cole and Horn self-quarantine after coronavirus exposure

News that Florida Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart tested positive for COVID-19 prompted Oklahoma U.S. Rep. Tom Cole to go into self-quarantine until March 27. And Rep. Kendra Horn is doing the same after contact with Utah Congressman Ben McAdams.


Cole explained he had been exposed to the coronavirus while visiting with Rep. Diaz-Balart.

“On Wednesday evening, I was informed by the Attending Physician of Congress that my friend Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart has tested positive for COVID-19. While I have no symptoms and feel fine, I was around him for an extended period last week. Out of an abundance of caution, I am following the doctor’s instructions to self-quarantine until March 27.”

Rep. Cole said he remains fully engaged in the U.S. response to the coronavirus and operations in his offices are continuing.

Rep. Horn announced her self-quarantine will last for two weeks until March 28 after McAdams tested positive for OVID-19.


 Horn does not have any symptoms of the corona virus, but is self-quarantining “out of precaution at the recommendation of the House of Representatives Attending Physician.”
In a statement from his office, Rep. Cole said, “As Congress considers the next steps for legislation to help the American people during this crisis, I encourage all Oklahomans and Americans to do their part in slowing the spread of COVID-19. For the health and safety of us all, continue taking seriously the precautions outlined by the President’s Coronavirus Task Force and the guidance of our local and state leaders and health authorities.”

Rep. Cole is considered to be in one of the riskier age groups. He will turn 71 next month.

Cole’s staff is operating entirely by telework. All calls are forwarded to (405) 329-6500. Emails sent on Cole’s website are still monitored and returned ( In addition, Cole will continue to provide updates on Facebook (, on Twitter ( and through his e-newsletter (

Source: Rep. Cole