A Democratic congresswoman said Monday that she tested positive for COVID-19 after being locked in a room with unmasked members of Congress during riots on Capitol Hill last week.
representative Bonnie Watson ColemanBonnie Watson ColemanDemocratic Women’s Caucus members share endorsements for House campaign leader Democrats smell blood with new DHS whistleblower complaint New Jersey incumbents launch progressive challengers in primaries MORE (DN.J.) said she believed she was exposed to COVID-19 while being held in protective segregation with other lawmakers, including some who did not wear masks.
“I tested positive for COVID-19 and am resting at home right now. Although I am experiencing mild, common cold-like symptoms, I remain in a good mood and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents, ”she said in a statement.
The member tested positive using a rapid antigen test. She is waiting for the results of a more reliable PCR test.
Watson Coleman is 75 years old and a cancer survivor, putting her at a higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19.
The Congressional attending physician warned lawmakers in an email on Sunday that they may have been exposed to COVID-19 during protective isolation, although it is not certain whether Watson Coleman contracted the coronavirus in the process. sheltering during the Capitol riots.
“On Wednesday, January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in a room in a large committee hearing space,” Brian Monahan, attending physician in Congress, wrote in an email, according to the Washington Post.
“The time spent in this room was several hours for some and shorter for others. During this time, people may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection. ”
Monahan advised lawmakers to get tested this week “as a precaution.”
Video of an isolation room obtained by Punchbowl News showed Republican officials. Andy Biggs (Arizona), Michael Cloud (Texas), Markwayne MullinMarkwayne MullinREAD: Republicans who voted to challenge election results Upcoming Congress expected record diversity to be elected to Congress in record numbers this year READ MORE (Okla.) Et Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryGiuliani calls out bad senator in last-ditch effort to delay certification of Biden’s victory READ: Republicans who voted to challenge election results LIVE COVER: Congress certifies Biden wins after Pennsylvania and challenges of Arizona fail MORE (Pa.) Do not wear masks and declining masks donated by Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.)
“Even though I was disappointed by my colleagues who refused to wear a mask, I was encouraged by those who did,” Blunt Rochester tweeted Friday.
“My goal, in the midst of what I feared was a super prevalent event, was to make the room at least a little bit safer.”
Although I was disappointed with my colleagues who refused to wear a mask, I was encouraged by those who did. My goal, in the midst of what I feared was a super spreader event, was to at least make the room a little bit safer. https://t.co/HpEZdUzHbd
– Representative Lisa Blunt Rochester (@RepLBR) January 8, 2021