Dr. Brian Monahan, attending physician of congress, told members of Congress on January 10 that many members of the House "were in protective isolation in [a] room located in a large committee hearing space".
Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-12) said on Monday she was at home resting with mild, cold-like symptoms after receiving a positive Coronavirus test. "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.
The Office of the Attending Physician of Congress issued a warning on Sunday that some lawmakers may have been exposed to the coronavirus, which has left more than 374,500 people dead in the United States.
A press release from Ms. Watson Coleman's office said the congresswoman believes she was exposed to the coronavirus during protective isolation in the Capitol Wednesday while a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the grounds and temporarily halted the certification of the Electoral College vote for President-elect Joseph R. Biden.More news: Tom Holland Sheds 30 Pounds for Upcoming Film ‘Cherry’
He encouraged members who had been in the room to get tested.
Two other New Jersey lawmakers, Reps.
Some 200 people, including scores of House members, sheltered for hours in a closed room where a number of Republicans did not wear masks.
As Watson Coleman's statement addressed, there have been multiple accounts of Republican congressmen who refused to mask up while sheltering in place during the insurrection. "My goal, in the midst of what I feared was a super spreader event, was to make the room at least a little safer".More news: Newly Elected GOP Rep Apologizes for Hitler Remark
It's unclear who in the room tested positive. Rep.
Scott Gotlieb, a former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, said Sunday on the CBS News program "Face the Nation, "There's going to be chains of transmission that come out of that kind of mass gathering".
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, agreed. "So I do think this is an event that will probably lead to a significant spreading event".More news: Nio at record high after unveiling new sedan, battery pack