Adriano Espaillat Becomes 6th Member Of Congress To Contract COVID After Capitol Attack

Rep. Adriano Espaillat has become the sixth member of Congress to test positive for coronavirus since the deadly attack on the Capitol last week.

"I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19," Espaillat, a Democrat from New York, wrote on Twitter on Thursday.

The 66-year-old's diagnosis came days after he received the second dose of the coronavirus vaccine.

I am following guidance from my physician and quarantining at home after having tested positive for COVID-19.

— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) January 14, 2021

"I received the second dose of the #COVID19 vaccine last week and understand the affects take time. I have continued to be tested regularly, wear my mask and follow the recommended guidelines," he tweeted.

"I will continue my duties representing New York's 13th congressional district remotely until I have received clearance from my doctor. I encourage all residents to follow public health guidelines for the safety of our #NY13 community."

Espaillat on Wednesday joined his Democratic colleagues and 10 Republicans in voting to impeach President Donald Trump for an unprecedented second time over his role in inciting the mob that stormed the Capitol on January 6.

"He summoned and dispatched his mob to kidnap and hurt many of us," Espaillat said of Trump during the proceedings. "He summoned and dispatched his mob to assassinate Vice President Pence, to assassinate Speaker Pelosi. He is unfit to hold office... We must impeach now."

Sixth lawmaker to test positive

Five other lawmakers have tested positive for COVID-19 since last week's attack, when members were forced to shelter in close quarters after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the building. Five people died as a result, including Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick.

Among the Democratic lawmakers who have since tested positive for coronavirus are Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Bonnie Watson Coleman.

Both criticized Republican lawmakers, who they said refused to don masks while sheltering in close quarters in a secure location following the breach at the Capitol.

"I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one," Jayapal tweeted after receiving a positive test result earlier this week.

I just received a positive COVID-19 test result after being locked down in a secured room at the Capitol where several Republicans not only cruelly refused to wear a mask but recklessly mocked colleagues and staff who offered them one.https://t.co/wVmgroKsdf

— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 12, 2021

In an op-ed for The Washington Post, Watson Coleman wrote: "I am angry that after I spent months carefully isolating myself, a single chaotic day likely got me sick. I am angry that several of our nation's leaders were unwilling to deal with the small annoyance of a mask for a few hours.

"I am angry that the attack on the Capitol and my subsequent illness have the same cause: my Republican colleagues' inability to accept facts."

Democratic Rep. Brad Schneider also tested positive, along with Republican Reps. Chuck Fleischmann and Jake LaTurner.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat speaks at a protest
Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., speaks during the "Commitment March: Get Your Knee Off Our Necks" protest against racism and police brutality, on August 28, 2020, in Washington, DC. Jacquelyn Martin/Pool/AFP via Getty Images