WASHINGTON (Gray DC) -- Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) is in self-quarantine at his home in Oklahoma after the House physician contacted him on Wednesday and advised him to do so.
Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) discusses his decision to self-quarantine at his home in Oklahoma on a phone call with Gray correspondent Jillian Angeline. (Source: Gray DC)
Cole said he was in a meeting with Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart, who later tested positive for COVID-19, the coronavirus.
Cole will remain in self-quarantine until March 27 out of an abundance of caution. He said he is not exhibiting symptoms, as of Thursday afternoon.
Cole is urging Americans who are sick to stay home and those who are healthy to work from home if they can.
Some Congressional lawmakers are pushing to allow remote voting amid lawmakers deciding to self-quarantine during the outbreak. He is opposed to the idea.
"I’m very skeptical of that, it’s unprecedented. We would have to change the rules, which by the way I don’t think you can do unless you showed up to vote to change the rules," said Cole.
“People need to show up and do their jobs and legislating in isolation is not a good way to legislate," the lawmaker said.
Cole said he is in talks with Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and other officials about how to best help Oklahomans.
Listen to the full interview above.
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