Rep. Ben McAdams Hospitalized Over Coronavirus Infection

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) announces he will vote yes on both articles of impeachment of President Trump on December 16, 2019 in Murray, Utah. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
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March 23, 2020 8:31 a.m.
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Rep. Ben McAdams (D-UT) announced on Sunday night that he had been hospitalized after being infected with COVID-19.

McAdams said in a statement that a COVID-19 hotline staffer instructed him to seek help at the hospital after he began experiencing “severe shortness of breath” on Friday evening.

“I was admitted and have been receiving oxygen as I struggled to maintain my blood oxygen at appropriate levels,” the Democratic lawmaker said. “I am now off oxygen and feeling relatively better and expect to be released as soon as the doctors determine it is appropriate.”

He also thanked the hospital staff “for their efficient and effective treatment.”

“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,” McAdams said.

The Utah congressman revealed last week that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and would be working from home. Two other members of Congress have also come down with COVID-19: Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL) and Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY).

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