Capitol Police

At Least 20 Capitol Police Officers Have COVID-19 After Riot

This marks the largest number of cases among the rank and file in months, a union leader said

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Some U.S. Capitol Police officers say they’re worried the violent Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol was a COVID-19 superspreader event. 

At least 20 officers have active cases of COVID-19, marking the largest number of cases among the rank and file in months, a Capitol Police union leader said.

Scores of supporters of Donald Trump swarmed into the Capitol without face masks during the riot, injuring officers and damaging an icon of American democracy. 

Officers were equipped with personal protective equipment. 

The News4 I-Team reported late last year that dozens of Architect of the Capitol employees, and contractors in the Cannon House Office Building had contracted the virus. 

Stay with NBC Washington for more details on this developing story. 

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