cnetfreedownload.com – Their representatives said in a statement that Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were being treated at a hospital in Chicago on Saturday after being diagnosed with Covid-19.
The Rainbow Bush Coalition, a civil rights organization that Jackson founded, did not say why Jackson, 79, and Jacqueline, 77, were taken to the hospital.
“Currently, doctors are monitoring the condition of both,” the organization said. “Anyone who has been around any of them in the past five or six days should follow the CDC’s guidelines.”
The two were being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Jackson received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in January and used the occasion to encourage blacks to get vaccinated.
Although coronavirus vaccines can prevent transmission and hospitalization, the malignant delta variant has been the source of a small proportion of “advanced” cases that can affect the elderly and the immunosuppressed.
Jackson announced in 2017 that he had Parkinson’s disease.
Supporters on Saturday included Bernice King, daughter of Jackson’s mentor, Martin Luther King, Jr., and United States Representative Joaquin Castro (Democrat from Texas).
King wrote on Twitter that he was “praying” for the pastor and his wife, and Castro similarly tweeted: “Sending strength and prayers to Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline.”
Jackson ran for president unsuccessfully in 1984 and 1988, and some historians attribute the election campaigns to paving the way for Barack Obama’s presidency.