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Household Democrat blames COVID diagnosis on lawmakers who did not dress in masks although sheltering for the duration of Capitol riot

By Clare Foran and Daniella Diaz, CNN

(CNN) — Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat, reported Monday that she has analyzed constructive for Covid-19, and she blamed fellow members of Congress who sheltered in put with out masks all through the violent assault on the US Capitol previous 7 days.

“Following the functions of Wednesday, including sheltering with various colleagues who refused to have on masks, I made the decision to consider a Covid take a look at. I have tested favourable,” the congresswoman tweeted.

A assertion from her workplace reported that the congresswoman “believes she was exposed throughout protective isolation in the US Capitol developing as a final result of insurrectionist riots. As noted by a number of news shops, a quantity of customers in just the house dismissed recommendations to have on masks.”

CNN has formerly described that six Household Republicans had been captured on online video refusing masks offered by a colleague for the duration of the US Capitol insurrection.

An aide explained to CNN that Watson Coleman was in the space in the protected area with the six conservative Republicans who refused to have on masks.

Lawmakers and Capitol team on Sunday acquired a memo from the Capitol’s attending health practitioner warning of a attainable danger of Covid-19 publicity immediately after a huge group of lawmakers were pressured to obtain in a protected site in the course of the breach of the US Capitol.

“On Wednesday January 6, quite a few members of the Household group had been in protective isolation in (a) place positioned in a massive committee hearing place. The time in this place was a number of hours for some and briefer for others. In the course of this time, persons may possibly have been exposed to yet another occupant with coronavirus infection,” Dr. Brian P. Monahan wrote.

In the memo, Monahan instructed lawmakers and personnel to watch for feasible Covid-19 signs or symptoms and to be analyzed for Covid-19 as a precaution.

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