Two US Lawmakers Test Positive For Covid After Capitol Attack

Henrietta Brewer
January 12, 2021

"Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives due to their selfish idiocy".

Earlier Monday, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., said she had received a positive rapid Covid-19 test.

Just hours after pro-Trump protestors stormed the US Capitol to demand Congress overturn the November 3 election victory of President-elect Joe Biden, Congressman Jake LaTurner tested positive for the virus.

"On Wednesday January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in room located in a large committee hearing space", Dr. Brian Monahan, the attending physician to Congress, wrote in an email that was sent to members of Congress on Sunday morning. Her statement added that she previously received Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine when lawmakers and government leaders were given priority access to the first dose rollout.

"Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them", Ms Jayapal said in a statement. She tweeted, "Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I made a decision to take a Covid test".

But the House attending physician had already warned members that "individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection".

Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) was shown trying to hand out masks in video obtained by Punchbowl News.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced that she tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering in place in a room with more than 100 people - some not wearing masks - for hours during the Capitol riots.

Georgia Republican and QAnon follower Marjorie Taylor Greene, Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin, Andy Biggs from Arizona, Pennsylvanian representative Scott Perry, Texas Republican Michael Cloud and Californian Doug LaMalfa were captured unmasked and gathered closely together. "While I was disappointed in my colleagues who refused to wear a mask, I was encouraged by those who did".

Democratic Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester of DE, who was walking around handing out masks, repeatedly asked those in the maskless group to take one, but they brushed her aside. "It's an issue of public safety", he said.

The riot on Capitol Hill could end up being a superspreader event, experts told ABC News.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agreed. "So I do think this is an event that will probably lead to a significant spreading event".

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