Two Congresswomen test positive for COVID-19 after sheltering in place during attack on Capitol

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Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman sheltered in place with fellow lawmakers during Capitol siege, including some Republicans who turned down masks.
Two Democratic congresswomen have tested positive for COVID-19 after sheltering in place with fellow lawmakers during the attack on the U.S. Capitol last week. Representative Pramila Jayapal, of the Seattle area, and Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, 75, of New Jersey, both pointed to the actions of their Republican colleagues during the lockdown.

In angry tweets early Tuesday, Jayapal said she "just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one."

She said, "Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, 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."

Representatives Pramila Jayapal, left, and Bonnie Watson Coleman. Getty Images

Jayapal asserted that, "Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I'm calling for every…
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