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Utah Democrat diagnosed with coronavirus hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath

Utah Democrat diagnosed with coronavirus hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath
© Stefani Reynolds

Rep. Ben McAdams (D-Utah), a freshman lawmaker who last week announced that he had been diagnosed with the coronavirus, said Sunday that he was hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath.

In a statement from his office Sunday evening, the Utah Democrat said that the incident occurred Friday and stated that he had to receive oxygen through a mask after struggling to maintain proper oxygen levels in his blood.

"I am now off oxygen and feeling relatively better," McAdams said. "I'm very grateful to the skilled hospital medical staff for their efficient and effective treatment, as well as their preparations."

McAdams was the second House lawmaker to be diagnosed with the disease, which has sickened more than 33,000 nationally. Rep. Mario Diaz-BalartMario Rafael Diaz-BalartBottom line GOP lawmakers ask Biden administration for guidance on reopening cruise industry The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by Facebook — Biden delivers 100 million shots in 58 days, doses to neighbors MORE (R-Fla.) announced his own positive diagnosis last week as well.

Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Sherrod Brown calls Rand Paul 'kind of a lunatic' for not wearing mask Overnight Health Care: WHO-backed Covax gets a boost from Moderna MORE (R) on Sunday became the first senator to announce they had been infected with coronavirus.