Utah Democrat diagnosed with coronavirus hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath

Utah Democrat diagnosed with coronavirus hospitalized after experiencing shortness of breath
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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-BalartHouse Republicans introduce legislation to give states 0 million for elections Multiple lawmakers self-quarantine after exposure to Gohmert Gohmert tests positive for COVID-19 MORE (R-Fla.) announced his own positive diagnosis last week as well.

Kentucky Sen. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulTrump-backed Hagerty wins Tennessee GOP Senate primary Senators introduce bill to block Trump armed drone sale measure The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump's visit to battleground Ohio overshadowed by coronavirus MORE (R) on Sunday became the first senator to announce they had been infected with coronavirus.