David Pryor Hospitalized with COVID-19

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Former Arkansas Governor and U.S. Sen. David Pryor has been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Monday at this daily briefing on the state’s response to the pandemic.

Hutchinson said he had spoken with Pryor’s son, former U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, about his family. David Pryor’s wife, Barbara, has also tested positive. She was hospitalized but has returned home, the governor said. 

“Our prayers go with the Pryor family. It just illustrates that no one is immune from the virus. We can all be careful, but you can’t be too careful. It can happen,” Hutchinson said, adding that wearing masks can slow the virus from spreading.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, issued the following statement Monday afternoon: “I am heartbroken to hear about Barbara Pryor and Senator David Pryor testing positive for COVID-19. As David is in the hospital, I will pray for him and do whatever I can to provide support — as I’m sure his family, friends and countless Arkansans are as well. 

“As David’s friend of many years, I saw him always put others before himself, and now he needs us. Each of us can do our part to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This is another reminder of how serious COVID-19 is, and we all need to do our part, wear a mask, and keep our distance.”