Fourth Dem Rep. Tests Positive For COVID-19 After Sheltering During Capitol Riots

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., speaks during the March on Washington, Friday Aug. 28, 2020, at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, on the 57th anniversary of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) speaks during the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2020 in Washington. Today marks the 57th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr... WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 28: Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) speaks during the March on Washington at the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 2020 in Washington. Today marks the 57th anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech at the same location. (Photo by Jacquelyn Martin-Pool/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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January 14, 2021 11:34 a.m.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) announced on Thursday that he tested positive for COVID-19, following the deadly insurrection at the Capitol last week that forced lawmakers to take shelter with several mask-less Republicans.

Espaillat is the fourth Democratic lawmaker to announce their COVID-19 diagnosis in the past week. Reps. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ) and Brad Schneider also announced their diagnoses this week.

In a series of tweets on Thursday, Espaillat said that he is quarantining at home after testing positive for COVID-19 and will continue working remotely until he gets clearance from his doctor.

On Tuesday, acting Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett announced that House members would have to walk through metal detectors and wear masks before they enter the House chamber for the vote to impeach President Trump for “incitement of insurrection.”

Blodgett’s announcement was issued two days after Attending Physician of Congress Dr. Brian Monahan warned House members and staff of potential exposure to COVID-19 as a result of being in close proximity to other lawmakers in a secure location amid the mob of Trump supporters breaching the Capitol last week.

At least four Republicans refused to wear masks at that time, as shown in a video published by Punchbowl News: Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), Andy Biggs (R-AZ), Scott Perry (R-PA), Michael Cloud (R-TX), and Markwayne Mullin (R-OK).

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