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, 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.”
“I received a positive test result for COVID-19, and am home resting at this time,” Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey said in a statement.
“While I am experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in good spirits and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents,” the 75-year-old Watson Coleman said.
Watson Coleman’s office said “she believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the US Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots.”
Watson Coleman’s office said she had previously received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.