Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar said Monday morning that her husband, John Bessler, has been hospitalized in Virginia with pneumonia after contracting the novel coronavirus that has sickened more than 33,000 people in America.
“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,” Klobuchar, 59, said in a statement. “We love him very much and pray for his recovery. He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.
“Not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease,” said the senator, who was a presidential candidate until earlier this month.
Bessler, 52, “now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator,” Klobuchar said.
She said he first started to feel sick while in the Washington, D.C. area — he teaches at the University of Baltimore’s law school — “and like so many others who have had the disease, he thought it was just a cold.”
“Yet he immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore,” Klobuchar said. “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 test results confirming his diagnosis of coronavirus, which causes the respiratory disease COVID-19, came in at 7 a.m. Monday.
“I hope he will be home soon,” Klobuchar said.
She noted, however, that she was not going to be tested for the virus because “John and I have been in different places for the last two weeks and I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick” and so her doctor had advised against it.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Adam Carlson