The head of the U.S. Capitol Police officers’ union says that nearly 40 members of the force have tested positive for coronavirus in the days since the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The Washington Post reported Saturday that the number was revealed by Gus Papathanasiou, head of the labor committee for the U.S. Capitol Police branch of the Fraternal Order of Police. Papathanasiou told the newspaper that most of the cases were among officers and supervisors, though it was unclear if all the cases involved officers who were present responding to the attack.
“It’s mostly officers and supervisors, all sworn personnel,” he told the Post.
“[E]veryone’s on top of each other,” Papathanasiou added while describing the Jan. 6 scene at the Capitol. “Then when you’ve got pepper spray and pepper balls being used, people are coughing and bodily fluids are all over the place.”
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