3 lawmakers test positive for Covid-19 after Capitol riot, lockdown

US Representatives Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman announced their positive test results on Monday

Rep. Brad Schneider of IL has tested positive for COVID-19, he announced on Tuesday, censuring his fellow lawmakers for neglecting to follow public health guidelines during the Capitol siege.

Jayapal also called on the House Sergeant at Arms to remove any lawmaker from the House floor who declines to wear a mask.

She made her comments in an early Tuesday morning tweet.

U.S. Rep. Ann Kuster and other members of the House and staff may have been exposed to COVID-19 while they were huddled together for hours in a safe room away from a mob trying to seize control of the Capitol last week, according to an NBC report Kuster shared on Facebook.

The New Jersey representative Bonnie Watson Coleman, also a Democrat, said she chose to get tested because of the possibility of exposure and tested positive.

On Monday afternoon, Rep. Coleman announced her positive diagnosis.

"Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I chose to take a Covid test", Watson Coleman wrote in a tweet. Jake LaTurner, a Republican, tested positive for the coronavirus after participating in a House vote to challenge Biden's Electoral College victory that Wednesday, The Kansas City Star reported.

It is unclear if the two congresswomen were in the same room during the lockdown in the Capitol. Dr. Brian P. Monahan advised anyone who was involved in the Capitol events to get a COVID-19 test and self-monitor for symptoms.

"I share the outrage and anger of those across America who have watched Trump fail to combat this raging pandemic and refuse to take care of Americans who are suffering, dying, and devastated", she said.

"Our lives and our livelihoods are at risk", Jayapal said, "and anyone who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives due to their selfish idiocy". A press release from her office on Monday noted that "a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear masks".

She blasted the mask-refusing politicians for what she described as their "selfish idiocy".

Jayapal said that lawmakers who refuse to wear masks in the Capitol should be fined.

Soon after, US President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump tested positive for the virus, along with numerous other senior government officials. And Democrats from the Bay Area and beyond are pointing fingers at a group of House Republicans who openly scoffed at wearing masks during the hours-long lockdown. "So, yeah, we're going to see chains of transmission come out of that kind of a gathering, for sure".

Rochester told CNN that she was "very concerned we were sitting in a superspreader event but instead of sitting back and lamenting, I tried to go into action to try and persuade people to put them on". I think it is irresponsible.