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Sen. Amy Klobuchar’s husband hospitalized for COVID-19: 'When he started coughing up blood, he got a test'


Senator said she did not meet the qualifications to receive test

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The husband of former presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

What are the details?

Klobuchar announced in a Medium post that her husband, John Kessler, tested positive for the coronavirus and is hospitalized in Virginia.

Kessler reportedly contracted pneumonia because of COVID-19 and is on oxygen support therapy. He is not, at the time of this writing, on a ventilator, according to the former presidential candidate.

She said her husband — who is a professor of law at the University of Baltimore School of Law and an adjunct professor at the Georgetown University Law Center — fell ill while in Washington, D.C., while Klobuchar was in her home state of Minnesota.

Klobuchar said that when her husband began to feel the symptoms, he "immediately quarantined himself" and stopped going to work.

“He immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore," she explained in the post. “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."

What else?

Klobuchar said that she did not meet the qualifications to receive a coronavirus test because she and her husband were not within physical distance of each other for the last two weeks.

"I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick," she wrote, "[so] my doctor 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."

Klobuchar added, "We love him very much and pray for his recovery. He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person. ... I love my husband so very much and not being able to be there at the hospital by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease."

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