• Sun. Jan 17th, 2021

Puerto Rican officials tested positive for the coronavirus after indoor campaign events.

In Puerto Rico, several high-ranking politicians contracted the coronavirus after attending indoor campaign events, offering a cautionary tale for the Republican convention and future campaign stops.

Representative Jenniffer González-Colón, Puerto Rico’s nonvoting member of Congress, said on Monday that she tested positive, a week after the island’s Aug. 16 primary drew politicians together for news conferences and to watch election returns.

“I think it was a mistake on my part to be in a closed environment,” she said on Facebook Live. “There were a lot of people, and you can’t control who could be infected and who not. That’s a good lesson, not just for politicians but for everyone in general: I think it was a mistake to be in a place with so many people.”

Ms. González-Colón, a Republican, is also a member of the New Progressive Party, which supports Puerto Rican statehood. Among those infected from the party’s brass are the House speaker, the Senate majority leader and two top aides to the party’s nominee for governor. Several party members had congregated indoors for part of the day of the primary.