New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman tests positive for Covid after insurrection


MP Bonnie Watson Coleman, pictured in a file photo dated December 1, 2015, said she received a positive Covid-19 test result. | Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced Monday that she tested positive for Covid-19 after she and other members of Congress were detained in a secret location in the U.S. Capitol during the riot last week.

Watson Coleman said she tested positive after receiving a rapid antigen test.

“While I have mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in a good mood and will continue to work for my constituents,” said Watson Coleman, who has represented New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District since 2015, in a statement.

The 75-year-old congresswoman, a cancer survivor, said she was home to rest and wait for the results of a PCR test.

All House members and their staff were urged on Sunday to get tested for Covid-19 for possible exposure as they were hiding from rioters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday. Several lawmakers reportedly did not wear masks in this safe location.

Watson Coleman, who has already received the first dose of the Pfizer / BioNTech vaccine, is one of the first known members of Congress to test positive for Covid-19 after the uprising.

Rep. Donald Norcross (D-N.J.) public appearances canceled on Monday after possible exposure to the virus during the uprising, awaiting test results.

It was not immediately known whether other members of the New Jersey House delegation had been tested.

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