Klobuchar’s husband tests positive for coronavirus

Published 9:53 am Monday, March 23, 2020

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar on Monday announced her husband has tested positive for the coronavirus.

She said he received the test results at 7 a.m. Monday.

Amy Klobuchar

“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, D-Minn., said. “We love him very much and pray for his recovery. He is exhausted and sick but a very strong and resilient person.”

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She said her husband, John, started to feel sick when she was in Minnesota and he was in Washington, D.C. Like many others who have had the disease, he thought it was just a cold but immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his teaching job in Baltimore.

“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,” she said. “He now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator.”

She said since she and her husband have been in different places for the last two weeks, and she is outside the 14-day period for getting sick, her doctor has advised her not to 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,” she said.

“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.”

She said she hopes her husband will be home soon.

“I know so many Americans are going through this and so much worse right now,” Klobuchar said. So I hope and pray for you, just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile, I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people.”