The Democrat, who serves as chairwoman of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, also said she believes she was infected because Republicans in Congress are not “taking the virus seriously.”
“In doing so, they endanger everyone around them,” she said. “Only hours after President Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, our country, and our democracy, 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.”
The House Office of the Attending Physician on Sunday sent an e-mail to members warning them to monitor their health after receiving confirmation that a person who was in lockdown with lawmakers during last Wednesday’s rioting had been infected with the virus.
“The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others,” Brian Monahan, Congress’s attending physician, wrote in the e-mail. “During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”
Some Republican members reportedly refused to wear masks when Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-Del.) offered them during the lockdown.
“While I was disappointed in my colleagues who refused to wear a mask, I was encouraged by those who did,” Blunt Rochester said in a tweet late last week
Supporters of the president stormed the Capitol as a joint session of Congress met to certify Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
The breach sent lawmakers, staff and members of the media into hiding for more than two hours before police eventually cleared the area and the certification proceedings resumed.
Dozens of lawmakers and aides have either tested positive, recovered or been forced into quarantine after coming into contact with someone who has been infected with the coronavirus since the start of the pandemic.