Jayapal, who is isolating herself at home, said she was one of more than 100 people who took shelter in a large committee room during the forcible takeover last Wednesday. She was already in quarantine because she feared the event could expose her to the virus, she told The Cut last week.
A statement from her office said several Republicans refused to wear face cover during the lockdown and mocked other lawmakers and officials who offered them masks.
“Too many Republicans have refused to take this pandemic and the virus seriously, threatening everyone around them,”
Coleman was also positive after taking shelter in a room with lawmakers who refused to wear masks. Coleman, a 75-year-old cancer survivor, said she was isolated at home with “mild cold-like symptoms.”
Jayapal said any lawmaker who refused to wear a mask in the Capitol should be fined and removed from the floor by a gun sergeant.
“This is not a joke,” she added. “Our lives and livelihoods are at risk, and anyone who refuses to wear a mask must take full responsibility for endangering our lives because of their selfish idiocy.”