Schiller’s statement says the agent has been in “close contact” with Buttigieg as recently as Monday morning. Buttigieg tested negative Monday and has not shown any symptoms, the statement said.
Buttigieg has received his first dose of the coronavirus vaccine, and Schiller said he will receive the second dose when he completes the quarantine period.
An additional member of the security team will also quarantine due to close contact with the agent.
Buttigieg told CNN’s Erin Burnett on Monday that both he and the agent who had tested positive felt fine.
“I did have a negative test today and I feel fine,” Buttigieg said on “Erin Burnett OutFront.” “I spoke to the agent and he feels all right as well. He’s not having any symptoms but he did test positive.”
“Of course, as it is for so many Americans that have been through this, frustrating to be confined to quarters, especially frustrating to be separated from my husband, who was not exposed when I was,” Buttigieg added. “But making sure we do the right thing, and thankfully I’m among the Americans who is fortunate to be able do that job from home.”
When asked Monday how close such a rule was to being enacted, Buttigieg replied, “I would say that the CDC is looking at all its options, but there has got to be common sense, medicine and science really driving this, and what we know is that it’s the appropriate measure for international travel.”
He has previously expressed a commitment to combating the virus.
“We are prepared to make sure that we use all relevant authorities to enforce the President’s executive order to ensure that across all modes of transportation, workers, passengers, commuters are protected,” Buttigieg told Democratic Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts during his hearing before the Senate’s Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee.
Buttigieg also was asked Sunday whether it was a mistake not to include the airline payroll protection extension next month as airlines warn of massive furloughs. He said he’s been speaking with airlines and if that relief is not in the final stimulus bill, it will be looked at outside of the bill.
This story has been updated with Buttigieg’s comments in a CNN interview.
CNN’s Alex Rogers, Donald Judd, Dan Merica, Pete Muntean, Devan Cole and Allie Malloy contributed to this report.