US Representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, a New Jersey Democrat, said in a statement that a rapid test result came back positive and that she was awaiting the results of a more comprehensive test, noting that she had already received the first shot of the two-dose coronavirus vaccine. "During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection".
Several Democratic politicians complained thaT Republican colleagues did not wear face masks in the enclosed space, where they huddled together for hours while they waited for security officials to clear the Capitol.
"Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic-creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack".
Some of the GOP lawmakers who refused masks include Rep. Andy Biggs (Ariz.); Rep. Scott Perry (Penn.); Rep. Michael Cloud (Texas); Rep. Doug LaMalfa (Calif.); Rep. Markwayne Mullin (Okla.); and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), a supporter of the baseless QAnon conspiracy theory who previously blasted a congressional mask mandate by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) as "an oppressive violation of my rights".
Rep. Susan Wild, D-Pa., told CBS News that about 300 to 400 people were in the room and "about half" refused to wear masks.
The Republicans refuse her offer.
The attending physician to members of the U.S. Congress has advised lawmakers to get tested for COVID-19 due to possible exposure during the siege on the Capitol. "Chuck" Fleischmann, R-Tenn., who tested positive on Sunday.
Public health experts have expressed concerns that the riot itself could become a super spreader event whose impact will be felt around the country. "The crowd wasn't adhering to what we know are good practices in terms of mask-wearing and other things. So, yeah, we're going to see chains of transmission come out of that kind of a gathering, for sure".
"You have to anticipate that this is another surge event", Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr Robert Redfield told McClatchy News on Friday. 'I think it is irresponsible.