NJ Rep.: Colleagues may have given her virus during riot

January 12, 2021 GMT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman said Monday she has tested positive for COVID-19 and that she may have been exposed while sheltering at the U.S. Capitol during last Wednesday’s rioting.

Watson Coleman posted a statement on her website saying she tested positive on Monday. She was among dozens of lawmakers taken to a secure location when pro-Donald Trump insurrectionists stormed the Capitol.

In Monday’s statement, she said, “a number of members within the space ignored instructions to wear masks.” It is not known if any other lawmakers who were sheltering in the same area with Watson Coleman have tested positive.

Watson Coleman said she was experiencing “mild, cold-like symptoms” and was awaiting results of a second test. She had already received the first dose of coronavirus vaccine on Dec. 29, a spokeswoman said in an email Monday.