Congresswoman says she’s tested positive for COVID after sheltering during Capitol coup attempt ‘with several colleagues who refused to wear masks’

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A House Democrat announced Monday that she tested positive for the coronavirus after sheltering in place with “colleagues who refused to wear masks” during the Capitol Siege last Wednesday.

“Following the events of Wednesday, including sheltering with several colleagues who refused to wear masks, I decided to take a Covid test,” Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman, D-N.J., tweeted. “I have tested positive.”

I am home resting at this time. While I am experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in good spirits and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents.

— Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (@RepBonnie) January 11, 2021

Watson Coleman is a 75-year-old cancer survivor beginning her third term in Congress, hailing from the Central New Jersey district that includes the capital city of Trenton.

She received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine once it was made available to members of Congress, according to her office.

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In a statement published on her House website, Watson Coleman said she is self-isolating at home.

“While I am experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in good spirits and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents,” she said.

As Insider’s Kelsey Vlamis reported last week, “about half” of the lawmakers crowded into a secure location during the siege refused to wear masks.

Video from the day of the siege showed Rep. Lisa Blunt, D-Del., offering masks to some of her Republican colleagues. 

While sheltering, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester offered masks to
Republicans Marjorie Taylor Greene, Markwayne Mullin, Andy Biggs & more and they

— jordan (@JordanUhl) January 11, 2021

Despite the congresswoman’s pleas, they declined.

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