WASHINGTON (AP) — House lawmakers could have been uncovered to somebody testing constructive for COVID-19 whereas they sheltered at an undisclosed location throughout the Capitol siege by a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump.
The Capitol’s attending doctor notified all lawmakers Sunday of the virus publicity and urged them to be examined. The contaminated particular person was not named.
Dr. Brian Moynihan wrote that “many members of the House community were in protective isolation in the large room — some for several hours” on Wednesday. He mentioned “individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”
Dozens of lawmakers have been whisked to the safe location after pro-Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol that day, breaking by way of barricades to roam the halls and workplaces and ransacking the constructing.
Some members of Congress huddled for hours within the massive room, whereas others have been there for a shorter interval.
No additional particulars have been offered on which individual has examined constructive for the virus.
Some lawmakers and employees have been livid after video surfaced of Republican lawmakers not sporting their masks within the room throughout lockdown.
Newly elected Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a presidential ally aligned with a pro-Trump conspiracy group, was amongst these Republicans not sporting masks.
Trump is now dealing with impeachment after having incited supporters who have been rallying close to the White House earlier than they marched to the Capitol. The House may vote on impeachment in a matter of days, lower than two weeks earlier than Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
A Capitol Police officer died after he was hit within the head with a hearth extinguisher as rioters descended on the constructing and plenty of different officers have been injured. A lady from California was shot to demise by Capitol Police and three different individuals died after medical emergencies throughout the chaos.
Authorities on Sunday introduced the demise of a 51-year-old Capitol Police officer. Two individuals aware of the matter mentioned the officer’s demise was an obvious suicide. Officer Howard Liebengood had been assigned to the Senate Division and was with the division since 2005. He is the son of a former Senate sergeant-at-arms.
It was not clear whether or not his demise was linked to Wednesday’s occasions.
The officers weren’t licensed to debate the matter publicly and spoke on situation of anonymity.
Associated Press writers Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.
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