People take refuge in the House of Representatives as supporters of President Donald Trump storm the seat of Congress on January 6, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo / Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) – House lawmakers may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 as he took refuge in an unknown location during the violent attack on the Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.

The Capitol Hill attending physician informed all lawmakers on Sunday of the exposure to the virus and urged them to get tested. The infected person has not been identified.

Dr Brian Moynihan reported in writing that “many members of the lower house community were protected and isolated in the main hall, some for several hours” on Wednesday during the assault. He said “people could have been exposed to another occupant with coronavirus infection.”

Dozens of lawmakers have been taken to safety after pro-Trump fanatics stormed the Capitol, breaking through barricades, wandering hallways and offices and looting the building.

Some members of Congress huddled in the Great Hall for hours, while others were there for a shorter period.

No further details were provided on the person who tested positive for the virus.

Trump could be indicted for instigating supporters to protest near the White House to move towards the seat of Congress. The House of Representatives could vote on impeachment in a few days, less than two weeks before Democratic President-elect Joe Biden takes office on January 20.


Associated Press reporters Colleen Long and Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.

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