Bonnie Watson Coleman and Pramila Jayapal have COVID-19 after riot on Capitol Hill

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Two Democratic lawmakers announced they tested positive for COVID-19 after taking shelter with unmasked members of Congress during the siege on the U.S. Capitol last week.
Driving the news: Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) announced Tuesday morning that she had been “locked in a secure room on the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask, but recklessly mocked their colleagues and employees who offered them one”.

  • Hours earlier, Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (DN.J.) tweeted that she decided to take a coronavirus test following the events of last week, “including taking shelter with several colleagues who refused to wear masks.”
  • “She believes she was exposed during protective isolation at the US Capitol building following insurgency riots,” her office said in a statement from the 75-year-old cancer survivor.

Why is this important: According to a statement from Jayapal, they were in a “crowded room” during a pandemic, “creating a mass-market event in addition to a national terrorist attack.”

  • The attending physician at the U.S. Capitol has warned lawmakers may have been exposed to someone infected with the coronavirus as they hid from a pro-Trump crowd.
  • Many members of Congress fall into age groups and other categories that put them at a higher risk of dying or suffering from serious illness associated with the coronavirus.

For memory: Watson said she was home to rest. “Although I am experiencing mild symptoms, similar to colds, I remain in a good mood and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents,” she tweeted.

  • Jayapal said she is isolating herself but will continue to work and “will not rest until I have done everything in my power to remove this president from office,” accusing President Trump of the U.S. Capitol Uprising.

Editor’s Note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.



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