Democratic Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman, 75, tests positive for COVID-19 following Capitol insurrection

Democratic Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman announced on Monday that she has tested positive for the coronavirus following the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday January 6. She said she believes she was exposed during the attack.

“Today, Congresswoman Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12) received a positive rapid antigen test result for COVID-19. She believes she was exposed during protective isolation in the U.S. Capitol building as a result of insurrectionist riots,” her office said in a statement. “As reported by multiple news outlets, a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear masks.”

“I received a positive test result for COVID-19, and 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,” she said.

Watson Coleman is isolating and awaiting the results of PCR testing; she previously received the first dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID19 vaccine, which has been made available to members of Congress, the Supreme Court, and Executive Branch agencies for the purposes of continuity of government operations.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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