Capitol physician urges telework, medical-grade masks as Omicron surges

Capitol physician urges telework, medical-grade masks as Omicron surges


The Omicron variant of COVID-19 has driven up case counts across the US, and not even the Capitol is immune from the outbreak.

In a memo to lawmakers Monday, Capitol attending physician Brian Monahan called for a return to “maximal telework” due to a surge in cases that saw the seven-day average positivity rate at the building’s testing center jump from under 1 percent to more than 13 percent.

The doctor added that mask-wearing in the Capitol was a “critical necessity” and only a “properly fitted, medical-grade, filtration face mask” would do.

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“Blue surgical masks, cloth face masks and gaiter masks must be replaced by the more protective KN95 or N95 masks,” Monahan specified.

At least 12 members of Congress have tested positive

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