New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman Tests Positive for Coronavirus After Hiding With Maskless Colleagues During Capitol Hill Insurrection
New Jersey Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman announced Monday that she had tested positive for Covid-19 after she and other members of Congress were kept in a secret location during last week’s insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Watson Coleman said she tested positive after receiving a rapid antigen test.
“While I am experiencing mild, cold-like symptoms, I remain in good spirits and will continue to work on behalf of my constituents,” said Watson Coleman, who has represented New Jersey’s 12th Congressional District since 2015, in a statement.
The 75-year-old Congress member tweeted late Wednesday afternoon that, on her doctor’s advice, she was en route to a hospital for monoclonal antibody treatment.
Watson Coleman, a cancer survivor, is awaiting the results of a PCR test.
All House members, along with their staff, were told Sunday to get tested for Covid-19 because of potential exposure as they hid from rioters who stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
In an interview with New York Magazine’s The Cut on Friday, Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) said she was quarantining.