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