As the number of positive coronavirus test results continues to mount on Capitol Hill, a state representative in Arizona is reportedly fighting for his life after contracting the virus.
Democratic state Rep. Lorenzo Sierra was transported to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and has since been moved to the intensive care unit, according to KTAR.
“Remains a very real public health concern”
Both he and his wife, Rhonda Cagle, reportedly received positive results after testing negative prior to a family trip to Washington, D.C.
While Sierra has been intubated as part of his treatment, the most recent updates indicated he was resting comfortably. He initially announced the diagnosis in a tweet posted last week, using the opportunity to urge others to wear a face mask and otherwise take appropriate precautions.
“This goes to show that COVID-19 is highly contagious and remains a very real public health concern,” he tweeted on Sept. 29.
Other Arizona officials test positive
His illness marks the third coronavirus diagnosis among Arizona elected officials, following state Rep. Raul Grijalva, a Republican, and state Sen. Lupe Contreras, a Democrat.
Fortunately, Sierra’s wife appears to have recovered from a milder form of the virus. She is expected to remain in the D.C. area as her husband convalesces.
The concern surrounding coronavirus infections among political leaders has taken on increased significance in recent days with the announcement that President Donald Trump and many others around him have tested positive.
Those cases are suspected to have originated at a White House ceremony to announce the nomination of Amy Coney Barrett as the president’s third Supreme Court pick.
“Looking forward to the debate”
Trump returned to the White House on Monday after spending the weekend at Walter Reed Medical Center, where he received treatment for the virus.
“FEELING GREAT!” he tweeted on Tuesday, adding a short time later that he is “looking forward to the debate on the evening of Thursday, October 15th in Miami” against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.
Hopefully, Sierra and all other Americans currently battling the potentially deadly effects of the coronavirus will follow suit in making a full and swift recovery.