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Capitol attending physician warns lawmakers and staffers of potential Covid-19 exposure following riot

January 10, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON DC, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, UNITED STATES - 2021/01/06: Protesters seen all over Capitol building where pro-Trump supporters riot and breached the Capitol. Rioters broke windows and breached the Capitol building in an attempt to overthrow the results of the 2020 election. Police used batons and tear gas grenades to eventually disperse the crowd. Rioters used metal bars and tear gas as well against the police. (Photo by Lev Radin/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Lawmakers and Capitol staff on Sunday received a memo from the Capitol's attending physician warning of a possible risk of Covid-19 exposure after a large group of lawmakers were forced to gather in a secure location during the breach of the US Capitol last week.

(CNN)Lawmakers and Capitol staff on Sunday received a memo from the Capitol's attending physician warning of a possible risk of Covid-19 exposure after a large group of lawmakers were forced to gather in a secure location during the breach of the US Capitol last week.

"On Wednesday January 6, many members of the House community were in protective isolation in (a) room located in a large committee hearing space.

In the memo, Monahan instructed lawmakers and staff to monitor for possible Covid-19 symptoms and to be tested for Covid-19 as a precaution.

The risk of an outbreak comes as Congress has faced dozens of members from both chambers contracting Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

Members of Congress have been prioritized for inoculation in an effort to maintain governmental continuity on Capitol Hill, and a number of lawmakers have received a Covid-19 vaccine.

The Capitol physician did not specify which lawmakers may have been exposed nor did he say in which safe room the exposure occurred.

CNN previously reported that six House Republicans were captured on video refusing masks offered by a colleague during the US Capitol insurrection on Wednesday.

The video, shot from inside a safe room where the lawmakers gathered during the chaos, was published on Twitter by Punchbowl News.

It was not immediately clear if those lawmakers were among the members of Congress potentially exposed.

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