Three Democratic members of Congress have examined constructive for the coronavirus, and say they consider their infections are linked to their time spent in a secure location with colleagues who didn’t put on masks throughout final week’s siege of the U.S. Capitol.
Consultant Brad Schneider, Democrat of Illinois, mentioned he acquired a constructive take a look at end result Tuesday morning after driving dwelling to Illinois, and that he didn’t have signs. Like Representatives Bonnie Watson Coleman of New Jersey and Pramila Jayapal of Washington, two Democrats who had introduced constructive checks on Monday, he immediately blamed a bunch of Home Republicans who refused to put on masks whereas sheltering in a safe location in the course of the Capitol siege.
“At this time, I’m now in strict isolation, apprehensive that I’ve risked my spouse’s well being and offended on the selfishness and vanity of the anti-maskers who put their very own contempt and disrespect for decency forward of the well being and security of their colleagues and our workers,” Mr. Schneider mentioned.
He known as for lawmakers who ignore public well being steering to be sanctioned “and instantly faraway from the Home ground by the Sergeant-at-arms for his or her reckless endangerment of their colleagues.”
Capitol Hill has lengthy struggled to comprise the unfold of the virus, and inside hours of the start of the 117th Congress on Jan. 3, lawmakers started saying constructive take a look at outcomes.
Now lawmakers, aides, law enforcement officials and reporters who fled to safe places in the course of the siege have been warned that they might have been exposed to the virus whereas sheltering from the mob.
On Sunday, Consultant Chuck Fleischmann, Republican of Tennessee, who was additionally in protecting isolation on the Capitol in the course of the siege, mentioned that he had examined constructive for the virus after being uncovered to his roommate, Consultant Gus Bilirakis of Florida, additionally a Republican.
Mr. Fleischmann told the local news station WRCB that he was notified Wednesday that Mr. Bilirakis had examined constructive, however didn’t obtain the notification amid the riot. He mentioned he didn’t know what number of different lawmakers he had are available contact with.
Democrats, already pissed off by resistance from their Republican colleagues to carrying masks, accused maskless Republicans within the safe Home location of reckless indifference.
“It angers me after they refuse to stick to the instructions about maintaining their masks on,” Ms. Watson Coleman mentioned in an interview. “It comes off to me as vanity and defiance. And you may be each, however not on the expense of another person.”
Ms. Jayapal said on Twitter that she had examined constructive “after being locked down in a secured room on the Capitol the place a number of Republicans not solely cruelly refused to put on a masks however recklessly mocked colleagues and workers who supplied them one.”
Ms. Jayapal, who mentioned she had begun quarantining instantly after the siege on the Capitol, additionally mentioned that any member of Congress who didn’t put on a masks ought to be faraway from the ground by the sergeant-at-arms and fined.
“This isn’t a joke,” she said in a statement. “Our lives and our livelihoods are in danger, and anybody who refuses to put on a masks ought to be absolutely held accountable for endangering our lives due to their egocentric idiocy.”