Last week, Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) announced that he would be going into self-quarantine after having tested positive for coronavirus.
By Friday, his health took a turn for the worse, and the congressman was hospitalized after “experiencing severe shortness of breath.”
McAdams hospitalized with COVID-19
McAdams said Sunday that he was feeling better after receiving treatment. “I was admitted and have been receiving oxygen as I struggled to maintain my blood oxygen at appropriate levels,” McAdams said in a statement that he tweeted on Sunday.
“I am now off oxygen and feeling relatively better and expect to be released as soon as the doctors determine it is appropriate,” the congressman continued. As of Tuesday, however, he said he is still in the hospital.
McAdams, who is a member of the centrist Blue Dog coalition, added that he is “very grateful to the skilled hospital medical staff for their efficient and effective treatment, as well as their preparations.”
“My experience has shown me how critical it is to follow the advice of the CDC and the Utah Department of Health in order to stop the spread of this virus,” he concluded.
McAdams isn’t the only one on Capitol Hill to contract the virus, which originated in Wuhan, China. Fellow House Republican Mario Díaz-Balart (FL) has been diagnosed with COVID-19 as well.
Rand Paul tests positive
So has Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), who is reportedly asymptomatic. Daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Christine Pelosi, responded to the news about Paul’s diagnosis by apparently endorsing violence against the senator, tweeting, “Rand Paul’s neighbor was right.”
That was a reference to the attack in November of 2017 that Paul’s next-door neighbor launched against him as he was mowing his grass.
The neighbor, Rene Boucher, a registered Democrat, ambushed Paul in his yard and broke his ribs. Boucher was sentenced to 30 days in jail for the crime.
Paul went on to sue Boucher and was awarded $580,000 last January. “We need to send a clear message that violence is not the answer — anytime, anywhere,” the senator tweeted. “We can hold different views, whether it’s politics, religion or day-to-day matters.”
Pelosi’s comments drew a sharp response from other Twitter users, with journalist Mollie Hemmingway writing, “Democrat leader’s daughter encouraging violent attacks on Republican senators. Truly awful.”