Jesse Jackson, wife remain under observation for COVID-19

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CHICAGO (AP) — The Rev. Jesse Jackson, and his wife, Jacqueline, remained nether doctors’ reflection Sunday astatine a Chicago infirmary and were “responding positively to treatments” for COVID-19, their lad told The Associated Press.

The couple, joined for astir six decades, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital a time earlier. Physicians were “carefully monitoring their condition” due to the fact that of their ages, Jonathan Jackson, 1 of the couple’s 5 children, said successful a statement.

Jesse Jackson is 79, and Jacqueline is 77.

“Both are resting comfortably and are responding positively to their treatments,” Jonathan Jackson said. “My household appreciates each of the expressions of interest and prayers that person been offered connected their behalf, and we volition proceed to connection our prayers for your household arsenic well.”

Jesse Jackson, a Chicago civilian rights leader, is vaccinated against the microorganism and received his archetypal dose successful January during a publicized lawsuit arsenic helium urged others to person the inoculation arsenic soon arsenic possible. The vaccination presumption of his, wife, who is besides an activist, was unclear. Family members said she has an unspecified underlying wellness information that triggered concerns successful caller days.

“We inquire that you proceed to commune for the afloat betterment of our parents. We volition proceed to update you connected a regular basis,” Jonathan Jackson said.

Jesse Jackson, who has Parkinson’s disease, was hospitalized earlier this twelvemonth for an unrelated gallbladder surgery.

A mentee of the Rev. Martin Luther King, helium was important successful guiding the modern civilian rights question connected galore issues, including voting rights. Despite his Parkinson’s diagnosis, Jackson has stayed progressive and continued travel, adjacent during the pandemic.

In caller weeks helium has been arrested for civilian disobedience, including past month during a sit-in astatine the Phoenix bureau of Democratic U.S. Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, who has faced unit implicit her absorption to ending the filibuster to walk voting rights legislation.

A Northwestern spokesperson did not person further information.

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