COVID Fears Grow in Capitol as Three Lawmakers Test Positive
WASHINGTON (AP) — Within a span of about 24 hours, three House Democrats - Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey - have announced they tested positive for COVID-19.
The positive tests are prompting concern that last week’s insurrection at the Capitol has also turned into a supers-spreader event that is threatening the health of lawmakers and their staffs. The lawmakers were among dozens of lawmakers whisked to a secure location when protestors stormed the Capitol. Some members of Congress huddled for hours in the large room, while others were there for a shorter period.
While it cannot be stated with certainty how lawmakers caught the illness, the three lawmakers are directing their anger toward some House Republicans who declined to put on a mask.
(Story written by KEVIN FREKING/AP)