Congresswoman contracts COVID after House Republicans refused to wear masks during Capitol riot
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Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said she tested positive after video showed Republicans refusing to wear face coverings.
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., said Monday that she tested positive for the coronavirus after "sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks" during a lockdown amid the Capitol riot last week.

Coleman said in a statement that she believes she tested positive as a result of being "exposed during protective isolation" in the Capitol. Coleman's announcement comes after the Office of Attending Physician warned that House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone who has since tested positive during the lockdown.


"On Wednesday January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in room located in a large committee hearing space," Brian Monahan, the attending physician to Congress, wrote in an email to lawmakers obtained by The Washington Post. "The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others. During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection."

Rep. Donald McEachin, D-Va., said that he was praying for a "swift and painless recovery" for Watson Coleman. "Our House colleagues who refused to wear masks last week as members were forced to shelter in the Capitol put all of us at risk and should be ashamed of themselves," he tweeted.


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