A Wisconsin state senator who opposed mask mandates has been put on a ventilator as he fights COVID-19, staffers claimed.
Condition Sen. André Jacque, a Republican from De Pere, tested good for the bug close to Aug. 13, telling the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that he was mostly asymptomatic but was sensation fatigued.
But Jacque, 40, who has now been hospitalized for at least a week, was put on a ventilator late Monday, a spokesman for the lawmaker instructed the newspaper.
He was shown in secure problem as of Wednesday.
Jacque, who was elected as a condition senator in 2018, has been one of Wisconsin’s most vocal opponents versus COVID-19 vaccines and mask mandates — together with a statewide mask order carried out by Gov. Tony Evers, according to the Journal Sentinel.
It is unclear no matter whether Jacque had been vaccinated. The father of six was found at the state capitol as not long ago as Aug. 11 when testifying devoid of wearing a mask, WISN reported.
Two of Jacque’s colleagues have requested the public for prayers soon after he was hospitalized with coronavirus-induced pneumonia, the Journal Sentinel noted.
A person of the condition lawmakers, Republican Rep. Shae Sortwell, referred to as on his 10,000-in addition followers on Facebook to pray for the ailing Jacque, prompting a heated response from Jacque’s brother.
Pierre Jacque explained his household was not giving him considerably information about his brother’s situation, saying they’re “afraid I’ll spill the beans” and disclose the reality.
“They’re brainwashed by ‘alternate facts’ now, so I never speak for them,” Pierre’s Saturday post browse.
“Go get the vaccine. Or at the very least be genuine and enable your flock know that the ‘choice’ they are producing is involving effective scientifically-backed preventative medicine, or choking on a vent even though their good friends and colleagues conceal their affliction,” he continued.
A information seeking an update on Jacque’s issue from his place of work early Thursday was not instantly returned. His communications director, Matt Tompach, has requested that the family’s privacy be respected all through what will “likely be an prolonged approach,” WBAY described.
“The days and months in advance will keep on to be an amazingly annoying and tough time for Sen. Jacque’s loved ones,” Tompach claimed in a statement, adding that upcoming updates on the lawmaker’s health would be released as important.