WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Members of both the Senate and Congress were locked in a protective isolation room as rioters stormed the Capitol.
- A video showed that some Republican representatives did not wear masks and even declined an offer of masks in the room.
- Democratic Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman has tested positive for the coronavirus and may have contracted the disease from the isolation room.
As the Capitol riots raged on, members of the Senate and Congress were placed in protective isolation in a room located in a large committee hearing space. According to the attending physician of congress, Brian Monahan, “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.”
“As a precaution”, Monahan advised lawmakers to get tested this week.
For Democratic Congresswoman of New Jersey Bonnie Watson Coleman, although uncertain, the hours she spent locked in that room with some not wearing masks, may have exposed her to the coronavirus.
Representative Watson Coleman, 75, and a cancer survivor said in a statement, “I received a positive test result for COVID-19, and am home resting at this time. While I am experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in good spirits and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents.”
Her age and her medical condition put her in a higher risk for the severe type of COVID-19 sickness.
She is still awaiting the more reliable PCR test results.
In a video of the isolation room, Republican Reps. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.), Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Scott Perry (Pa.), and Michael Cloud (Texas) are seen not wearing masks. They also declined the offer of Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) of masks.
In a tweet, Blunt Rochester wrote, “While I was disappointed in my colleagues who refused to wear a mask, I was encouraged by those who did.”
She added, “My goal, in the midst of what I feared was a super spread event, was to make the room at least a little safer.”
Source: The Hill