Dr. Cindy Banyai asks opponent to quarantine after possible COVID exposure

Published: October 3, 2020 6:31 PM EDT
District 19 nominees: Democrat Cindy Banyai and Republican Byron Donalds. Credit: WGCU via WINK News.

Dr. Cindy Banyai is asking political opponent Byron Donalds to self-quarantine after being exposed to coronavirus.

Both Banyai (D) and Donalds (R) are running for Florida Congressional District 19.

Donalds was at the White House on Wednesday, September 23. We now know that President Trump has tested positive for the coronavirus so Byron Donalds may have been exposed. Others who attended Amy Coney Barrett’s selection ceremony have also tested positive for the virus.

Donalds said, “When I was at the White House last Wednesday I was tested and I was negative. Yesterday, out of an abundance of caution, I got tested again and it was negative.”

Dr. Banyai, in her press release, said, “Given the current skyrocketing rate of infection among White House staff and event attendees, and considering Mr. Donalds is still in the potential incubation period of 14 days, I think it would be in the best interest of our community if he quarantined until that window has passed.”

“He should also get tested for COVID19 and release the results, so anyone he may have exposed to the virus in the interim can have the best information possible to take care of themselves and their loved ones,” she goes on to say. “This is especially important because of Mr. Donalds’ stance against mask wearing, which is effective in reducing transmission rates of the virus.”