Democrat Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Wednesday, 13 Jan, 2021

Pramila Jayapal said she began quarantining immediately after the attack on the Capitol.

Democratic Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a 75-year-old cancer survivor starting her third term, also tested positive after sheltering during the riots.

"Congressman LaTurner is following the advice of the House physician and CDC guidelines and, therefore, does not plan to return to the House floor for votes until he is cleared to do so", Braden Dreiling, LaTurner's chief of staff, told The Star.

Jayapal was the second member of Congress to announce a positive test after the lockdown, along with Coleman.

"Several Republican lawmakers in the room adamantly refused to wear a mask, as demonstrated in video from Punchbowl News, even when politely asked by their colleagues", said Schneider.

CNN identified the Republicans in the safe room who refused masks as Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Oklahoma Rep. Markwayne Mullin, Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, Texas Rep. Michael Cloud and California Rep. Doug LaMalfa. Dr. Brian P. Monahan advised anyone who was involved in the Capitol events to get a COVID-19 test and self-monitor for symptoms.

The New Jersey representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, also a Democrat, said she made a decision to get tested because of the possibility of exposure and tested positive.

Two US lawmakers, including Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, implicitly accused far right Republicans and their extremist MAGA mob of spreading coronavirus after they (the lawmakers) tested positive for Covid-19 following a forced lockdown during the assault on the US Capitol.

While it's not certain where and when lawmakers caught the illness, the Capitol's attending physician notified all House lawmakers of possible virus exposure and urged them to be tested. Mo Brooks (Ala.), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), and Matt Gaetz (Fla.) also refused to mask up. About half of the people in the room are not wearing masks. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., and Anthony Brown, D-Md., introduced legislation that would impose a $1,000 fine on any member of Congress refusing to wear a mask on Capitol grounds during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Soon after, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus, along with numerous other senior government officials. "So, yeah, we're going to see chains of transmission come out of that kind of a gathering, for sure".

On Friday Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), had warned that Wednesday's rioting would probably have significant health consequences.

Public health experts have expressed concerns that the riot itself could become a super spreader event whose impact will be felt around the country.