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U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner not in secure room during riot where Democrat House members believe they were exposed to COVID-19

Andrew Bahl
Topeka Capital-Journal
U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner was not in a secure area in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 near where multiple members have since tested positive for COVID-19, according to his spokesperson. (August File Photo/The Capital Journal)

U.S. Rep. Jake LaTurner wasn't in a secure area in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 near where multiple members have since tested positive for the coronavirus, according to his spokesperson.

LaTurner tested positive for the coronavirus late in the evening of Jan. 6, with the results coming just hours after he voted to object to the Electoral College results from the state of Arizona.

The positive test came in conjunction with Washington, D.C., travel restrictions that require visitors to the area to be tested for the virus. The statement said LaTurner wasn't experiencing symptoms.

Pat Adams, a spokesperson for LaTurner, elaborated earlier this week that LaTurner wasn't in a secure area in the U.S. Capitol where hundreds of members and staff were housed while rioters broke into the building.

Video and images from the room showed many Republican members not wearing masks, despite the request of Democrats.

At least three members, U.S. Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Brad Schneider, D-Ill., and Bonnie Thompson, D-N.J., tested positive for the coronavirus in recent days and have blamed it on their time in the secure room during the rioting.

LaTurner's office did not say where he was at the time, although many members were in their offices as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has taken steps to limit the number of lawmakers on the House floor at a given time.