New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman has COVID-19 after Capitol riots

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman has COVID-19 after Capitol riots


A New Jersey congresswoman has tested positive for Covid-19 five days after taking shelter with lawmakers who refused to wear masks as the Capitol was stormed by rioters, she announced Monday.

Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), who recently survived cancer, said she was “experiencing mild cold-like symptoms” after testing positive for the novel virus, adding that she was working from home.

The 75-year-old House Democrat’s office said in its announcement of the diagnosis that she “believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots.”

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“As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear masks,” her office said.

Video captured during the riots obtained Friday by Punchbowl News showed a group of lawmakers refusing masks from a fellow member of Congress as they all sheltered together in a secure, but small and enclosed, location.

Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.), Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.),

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