This despite public health advice came to a head on Sunday when Trump announced on Twitter that Giuliani had contracted the coronavirus. Hours later, lawmakers in the Arizona Capitol abruptly announced a week-long Senate and House shutdown, starting Monday.
An email announcement to members of the Arizona House said the move was “out of caution over recent cases and concerns about covid-19” and “no one will be allowed to work or be in the building.” hold true”.
The Trump campaign later sent out a statement stating that the former New York mayor “tested negative twice immediately prior to his trip to Arizona, Michigan and Georgia.”
“The mayor only had symptoms or a positive test for Covid-19 more than 48 hours after his return,” said the Trump campaign. according to the current guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which defines “close contact” as spending at least 15 minutes within six feet of an infected person within 48 hours of that person becoming ill.
The decision to close the Arizona legislature is made as coronavirus cases in the state grow at a daunting rate. Over the past week, reported cases increased 56 percent and reported deaths increased 80 percent The Washington Post’s coronavirus tracker. The positivity rate among reported tests in Arizona is nearly 30 percent and is among the highest in the country.
Arizona was the first stop on Giuliani’s tour of states that, according to the Trump campaign, stole its victory through rampant electoral fraud without evidence. Status and Federal officialsincluding Trump’s allyhave repeatedly stated that there is no evidence to support such allegations, and Judges in six states – including Arizona, Georgia and Michigan – have repeatedly ruled that Trump’s lawyers failed to prove the election was fraudulent.
The November 30th hotel event in Arizona attended nine Republican lawmakers who sat on a panel to hear reports from people who appeared to have witnessed compromised votes. The Republic of Arizona reported. Other current and newly elected GOP legislators were in the audience.
The next day, Giuliani held a private meeting with the Arizona GOP leadership, which included Senate Majority Leader Rick Gray, Senate President Karen Fann, House Speaker Rusty Bowers, and House Majority Leader Warren Petersen Tweet from Senator Vince Leach, who also attended the meeting. Leach posted a picture of himself with her arm around Giuliani without wearing a mask.
“The house will conduct its normal contact tracing procedures under CDC guidelines to keep people safe and to limit the spread of the coronavirus as always,” he told MLive.
At the Georgia Capitol, which Giuliani visited Thursday, Senate officials who attended a one-day hearing with Senators were ordered to work remotely until they are tested for the coronavirus, a Senate spokesman said WXIA.
Democratic lawmakers in the three states Giuliani visited expressed frustration at the news of his positive test. In Arizona, several Democratic lawmakers turned to Twitter Sunday night condemning the actions of their Republican counterparts.
“This is the epitome of the irresponsibility of # COVID19 by members of #AZLeg @AZHouseGOP and @AZSenateGOP. You owe it to the very people who work in the Capitol buildings to be better. ” tweeted State Sen. Martín Quezada (D).
Democratic lawmakers in Arizona noted that elected officials who attended the Giuliani event went to host the house later that week, potentially exposing other lawmakers and staff. according to the republic.
Previously, according to the Republic, six Republican and Democratic lawmakers in Arizona had been infected with the corona virus. It is unclear who among the GOP lawmakers who were in close contact with Giuliani last week have been tested since then and whether they will be quarantined.
Hannah Knowles contributed to this report.