Capitol Lockdown Created ‘Covid Superspreader Event’ as Many Republican Lawmakers Refused to Don Masks

By Anna Breuer on 8 January 2021
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Members of Congress are expressing concerns of a potential coronavirus outbreak after Republican lawmakers refused to wear masks while sharing extremely close quarters during the lockdown of the Capitol on Wednesday.

Congressman Jake LaTurner, Republican of Kansas, revealed he had received a positive coronavirus test hours after sharing a cramped space with other lawmakers.

Half of some 400 people in an undisclosed location at the Capitol to which lawmakers were shepherded during the attempted insurrection refused to wear masks, Congresswoman Susan Wild, Democrat of Pennsylvania, told CBS News in a telephone interview during the attack.  The lawmakers refusing to don masks were “people from the Republican delegation,” the lawmaker said.

Congressional staff did offer everyone a mask, the congresswoman said.

“It’s what I would call a Covid superspreader event,” she said.  “It’s exactly the kind of situation that we’ve been told by the medical doctors not to be in, you know – close proximity – especially with people who aren’t wearing masks.”

It was not known if Congressman LaTurner was present in the same room as Congresswoman Wild. A message left with his office requesting comment remained unanswered at press time.

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