One of President Donald Trump’s most prominent allies has come down with the coronavirus.
A statement posted to Herman Cain’s Twitter account Thursday indicated that the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful has tested positive for COVID-19.
The Republican joins some 2.8 million Americans who have confirmed cases of the disease, according to The New York Times. More than 129,000 Americans have died since the outbreak began.
“Awake and alert”
Cain, for his part, was most recently spotted at President Donald Trump’s comeback rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where he appeared healthy and in high spirits — but, notably, wasn’t wearing a mask, as Forbes reported.
Two weeks later, the conservative tested positive for COVID-19.
“By Wednesday, July 1, Mr. Cain had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization,” the statement posted to his Twitter page read. “He spent the past night in the hospital and as of today, Thursday, July 2, he is resting comfortably in an Atlanta-area hospital.”
The statement noted that “Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert.”
“Please join with us in praying for Mr. Cain, and for everyone who has contracted the coronavirus — as well as their families,” it concluded.
We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.
Please keep him, and all who are battling this virus, in your prayers.
Our full statement appears below. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/lDRW7Rla4e
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 2, 2020
Beating the odds
While many in the media have pointed to Trump’s rally, it remains unclear where exactly Cain contracted the virus. Unfortunately, at 74 years old, the Republican likely has a hard battle ahead of him.
As his Thursday statement noted, Cain fought the fight of his life against Stage 4 colon cancer in 2006. According to a Newsmax report cited by Forbes, “doctors gave [Cain] a 30% chance of survival, but he was able to beat the disease and remain cancer-free.”
One can only hope Cain can rally up that same strength in his fight against COVID-19. “With God’s help, we are confident he will make a quick and complete recovery,” his team said in his Thursday statement.