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ABC is instructing employees exposed to former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to quarantine following his positive COVID test



ABC employees who have come into direct contact with former New Jersey governor Chris Christie will be quarantined, the network said on Twitter after Christie announced he tested positive for the coronavirus on Saturday .

Christie, a paid political analyst for the network, was last at ABC News studios in New York City on Tuesday following the presidential debate between President Donald Trump, who also tested positive for COVID-19, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who tested negative Friday.

“(Christie) was last in our TV3 studio on Tuesday and won̵

7;t be back in our studio until a doctor approves it as directed by the CDC and local health officials,” the network’s PR account tweeted.

The network didn’t reveal how many employees it came in contact with, but Christie spoke to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Democracy for America CEO Yvette Simpson, GOP strategist Sara Fagan and ABC correspondent on Tuesday evening News, Linsey Davis.

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The network did not immediately respond to a comment whether guests would also be asked to quarantine.

Christie also appeared on the network on Wednesday but joined via satellite from a remote location.

Since Trump announced his positive test result early Friday morning, at least a dozen people near the president have tested positive for the coronavirus. The news came shortly after Trump’s hour-long visit to Bedminster, where he hosted a fundraiser with high-paying donors.

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Christie, 58, spent four days at the White House helping Trump prepare for the debate. Christie told ABC that none of the five or six people in the room were wearing masks.

He previously said he took a negative test on Tuesday but was retested on Friday after news of the president’s diagnosis broke out.

He announced late Saturday that he had checked into Morristown Medical Center on Saturday afternoon.

“While I’m feeling fine and having only mild symptoms, based on my history of asthma, we’ve decided this is an important precaution,” Christie tweeted.

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