Even as vaccines have been administered to millions of Americans, including those who work on Capitol Hill, the novel coronavirus still seems to be bent on keeping up its rapid spread.
According to The Hill, Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) is the latest lawmaker to test positive COVID-19, even though he received the first round of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine in mid-December. His diagnosis comes just shy of two weeks after the deadly riot on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
What does this mean?
Unfortunately for Correa, his positive test means that he will not be able to attend President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration ceremony on Jan. 20.
However, the Democrat made clear that he’s looking “forward to working with the new administration to unite our country and help the millions of people devastated by the pandemic. Americans need help, and that help is finally on the way,” he said, according to The Hill.
The 62-year-old California lawmaker announced his positive coronavirus test in a Friday tweet and pledged that he would immediately self-quarantine in order to mitigate the chances that any of his family members will contract the potentially deadly virus.
Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID-19. I will be responsible & self-quarantine, away from my family, for the recommended time.
While I’ll miss the much-anticipated inauguration of President-elect @JoeBiden, I look forward to working with the new Admin to unite our country!
— Rep. Lou Correa (@RepLouCorrea) January 16, 2021
In another statement, Correa said that families in the communities he represents had been hit hard with the pandemic over the past year, but noted that even in a state of quarantine, he would still work to help the struggling Americans in his district.
“That’s chemical warfare”
Aside from a long list of problems that the Capitol siege caused to both the country and the GOP, a number of Democratic lawmakers have contracted COVID-19 in the wake of the tragic events, and many of them have pinned the blame on Republicans who weren’t wearing masks during the Jan. 6 riot for their diagnoses.
According to Fox News, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) recently went on record accusing maskless Republicans of engaging in a form of “chemical warfare” that day.
“They have been complicit from the very beginning in their willful criminality to carry the water for Donald Trump and these science denials which allowed this pandemic to rage out of control. And then by refusing to wear the masks, this is criminal behavior. That’s chemical warfare so far as I’m concerned,” she said in an interview with CNN’s Don Lemon.
Correa, for his part, was not inside the chamber during the attack, his office said, according to The Hill.
The Democrat’s office claimed he was outside of the Capitol Building attempting to help Capitol Police tamp down the increasingly violent mob that would later ransack the building.