Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a Trump ally, has been hospitalized after being diagnosed with the coronavirus.
“I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19,” Christie announced via Twitter on Saturday morning. “I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two.”
“I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition,” the former Republican presidential candidate went on to add.
Christie says his symptoms are “mild”
Christie released another tweet later in the day that read, “In consultation with my doctors, I checked myself into Morristown Medical Center this afternoon.”
“While I am feeling good and only have mild symptoms, due to my history of asthma we decided this is an important precautionary measure,” he added.
“I am thankful for our hardworking medical professionals and look forward to coming home soon,” the Republican continued in a follow-up message.
The development came following revelations that President Donald Trump had been taken to Walter Reed military hospital on Friday after having also tested positive for the disease.
Fox News reported that both Christie and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had been in close contact with the president earlier in the week in order to assist with debate preparation.
“Trump indicated on Sunday that former New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, helped him prep but it’s unclear what exactly that entailed,” the network stating.
“We were — the group was — about five or six people in total,” Christie was quoted as telling ABC’s “Good Morning America.” Fox News noted that Giuliani has thus far tested negative for the virus.
A number of other high-profile Republicans have come down with COVID in recent days, including the first lady, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel, and Trump campaign manager Bill Stepien, as well as several members of Congress.
Fox News reported that senior White House adviser Hope Hicks also tested positive and had traveled with Trump to a campaign event in Duluth, Minnesota. While House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) offered her prayers during an interview with MSNBC, she also accused Trump of engaging in “a brazen invitation for something like this to happen.”