House lawmakers might have been uncovered to Covid-19 when they went into hiding throughout Wednesday riots on the Capitol, Congress’ attending doctor wrote in a letter to members and employees on Sunday.
“Many members of the House community were in protective isolation in [a] room located in a large committee hearing space,” Dr. Brian Monahan said, adding, “During this time, individuals may have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”
He suggested members to maintain up their “usual daily coronavirus risk reduction measures” akin to social distancing and signs checks. He stated they need to additionally get examined for the virus subsequent week as a precaution.
Members of Congress have been rushed into safe places after supporters of President Donald Trump breached the Capitol building in an try to disrupt Congress from tallying the Electoral College votes and confirming President-elect Joe Biden’s win.
A listening to room the place many members have been sheltered featured inconsistent mask-wearing and social distancing. Videos posted to social media present a number of members of Congress with out masks within the crowded room.
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be raging throughout the U.S. whilst vaccines start to grow to be accessible. So far, there have been greater than 22 million confirmed instances within the U.S. and greater than 373,000 deaths.
Over 50 members of Congress have to date examined optimistic for the virus, in response to an NBC News rely.
Haley Talbot is an affiliate producer within the NBC News Washington bureau.
Allan Smith is a political reporter for NBC News.