Second lawmaker tests positive for Covid after Capitol lockdown

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman tested positive for Covid-19, days after sheltering in place with unmasked lawmakers during the Capitol riot.
Overnight, a second lawmaker said she had tested positive for Covid-19 after sheltering in place with lawmakers who refused to wear masks during the violent rioting at the U.S. Capitol last week.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, a Washington state Democrat, said in a statement early Tuesday that she had been quarantining since the attack and learned of her positive test result Monday night.

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"Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and virus seriously, and in doing so, they endanger everyone around them," she said in a statement. "Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic — creating a superspreader event on top of a domestic terrorist attack."

Jayapal said she was working from home.

"I will continue to work to the best of my ability because the deep…
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