A 75-year-old US lawmaker on Monday (Jan 11) said she had tested positive for Covid-19 after being locked down to avoid a mob attacking the US Capitol last week, saying she believed she was exposed while sheltering in place with maskless colleagues.
The representative released a press statement on Monday announcing "I received a positive test result for COVID-19, and am home resting at this time".
Congress' attending physician said lawmakers who hid together for hours in a closed room to avoid Wednesday's mob may have been exposed to the coronavirus by an infected person.
Watson Coleman's office said she had previously received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine. "During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection".
Monahan advised lawmakers to get tested this week "as a precaution". Two House aides told the Post that Monahan was referring to a room where dozens of lawmakers were seen huddled after evacuating the chamber.
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Ever since President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol building last week, there have been a number of concerns that this would turn out to be a Covid super-spreader event.
Some Democrats called out several Republican lawmakers who refused to wear a mask in the room.
After the riot, video surfaced showing some Republican members, including QAnon believer Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) not wearing masks even after requests from others that they put them on. The office said Watson Coleman believes she was exposed when she was sheltering in place during the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol because some colleagues weren't wearing masks. Jake LaTurner, R-Kan., who tested positive on Thursday and Rep. Charles J. She also was tested for the coronavirus in April after her husband, Jason Hedberg, tested positive for the virus.
Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told McClatchy that it would likely be a "surge event". "So I do think this is an event that will probably lead to a significant spreading event".