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Rep. Jayapal Tests Positive For COVID-19, Blames GOP Lawmakers, Capitol Riot

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Henry Rodgers Senior Congressional Correspondent
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Democratic Washington Rep. Pramila Jayapal announced Tuesday that she tested positive for COVD-19 after she and other members of Congress were held in a secret location while pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol.

“I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one,” Jayapal said in a statement.

“Only hours after Trump incited a deadly assault on our Capitol, many Republicans still refused to take the bare minimum COVID-19 precaution and simply wear a damn mask in a crowded room during a pandemic—creating a superspreader event ON TOP of a domestic terrorist attack,” she continued.

“Any Member who refuses to wear a mask should be fully held accountable for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy. I’m calling for every single Member who refuses to wear a mask in the Capitol to be fined and removed from the floor by the Sergeant at Arms,” Jayapal said.

US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (L), D-MI, high-fives US Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal (C), D-WA, with US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar, D-MN, as they speak to supporters of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders at a campaign event in Clive, Iowa, on January 31, 2020. (Photo by JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty Images)

Democratic New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman tested positive Monday for COVD-19, also blaming the pro-Trump rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Dozens of politicians across the U.S. have tested positive for COVID-19. (RELATED: Rep. Kevin Brady Tests Positive For COVID-19)

Democratic Wisconsin Rep. Gwen Moore voted on the House floor for Rep. Nancy Pelosi as House Speaker, just six days after announcing that she tested positive for COVID-19.

The number of virus cases continues to rise in the United States with over 19 million cases and more than 330,000 deaths, The Washington Post reported.