Lawmakers test positive for COVID-19 after Capitol riot

Grant Boone
January 12, 2021

"Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I chose to take a Covid test", Watson Coleman wrote in a tweet.

Watson Coleman's statement also takes aim at her Republican fellow representatives, saying she is convinced that "she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots". She tweeted, "Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I chose to take a Covid test".

Health officials and experts have warned the attack will likely be a superspreader event, noting lawmakers were isolated for hours inside while a violent crowd of mostly maskless Trump supporters stormed inside in an unsuccessful bid to block lawmakers' certification of Biden's presidential win.

Some Democrats called out several Republican lawmakers who refused to wear a mask in the room.

Lawmakers and Capitol staff on Sunday received a memo from the Capitol's attending physician warning of a possible risk of Covid-19 exposure after a large group of lawmakers were forced to gather in a secure location during the breach of the US Capitol.

Please, wear a mask and social distance.

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CNN has previously reported that six House Republicans were captured on video refusing masks offered by a colleague during the US Capitol insurrection.

"It's what I would call a COVID super spreader event".

In October, Rep. Mikie Sherrill, D-11th Dist., quarantined after her child care provider tested positive for COVID-19, though she tested negative.

President-elect Joe Biden said Monday that Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Del., had tried to hand out face coverings to the maskless lawmakers.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agreed. Then these individuals all are going in cars and trains and planes going home all across the country right now.

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