Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced in a statement on Monday that her husband, John Bessler, has tested positive for coronavirus and is in the hosptial.
“My husband John has the coronavirus. We just got the test results at 7 a.m. this morning. While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off from all visitors, our daughter Abigail and I are constantly calling and texting and emailing,” the Minnesota Democrat and former 2020 presidential candidate wrote.
Klobuchar said her husband is on oxygen, but not a ventilator in a Virginia hospital. She said at first “he thought it was just a cold. Yet he immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore. He kept having a temperature and a bad, bad cough and when he started coughing up blood he got a test and a chest X-ray and they checked him into a hospital in Virginia because of a variety of things including very low oxygen levels which haven’t really improved.”
The senator said that because she and her husband have been in different places for the last two weeks, “ I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test. As everyone is aware, there are test shortages for people who need them everywhere and I don’t qualify to get one under any standard.”
She added that “not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease.”
Klobuchar said she is hoping and praying for all Americans, “just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people.”
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