Lawmakers Warned of Possible COVID-19 Exposure During the Capitol Riot

Lawmakers who huddled together for safety last week — as a deadly siege overtook the U.S. Capitol — were potentially exposed to someone infected with the coronavirus, the Office of the Attending Physician warned Sunday.

On Jan. 6, House lawmakers “were in protective isolation” in a room located in a large committee hearing space, according to an email from attending physician Brian Monahan that was sent to all lawmakers and their staff on Sunday.

The lawmakers gathered for safety as the mob of President Donald Trump supporters descended on the Capitol last week, in an attempt to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

“The time in this room was several hours for some and briefer for others,” Monahan said. “During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”

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