Arkansas State Senator Hospitalized after Positive COVID-19 Test

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LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas state senator said Thursday he is in the hospital after testing positive for the illness caused by the coronavirus.

Sen. Jason Rapert said in a statement provided by the Senate that he was in the hospital after being diagnosed with pneumonia and testing positive for COVID-19. Rapert was responding well to treatment.

“We have all been doing our best to wear a mask, social distance and be careful like everyone else,” Rapert said in the statement. “This virus is serious and can attack anyone regardless of age or general health.”

Rapert is the fourth state legislator to test positive for the virus since the pandemic began. Three state House members tested positive for the virus earlier this year.

State Sen. Joyce Elliott, D-Little Rock, released the followings statement on Thursday: “I am praying for Senator Rapert and his family. This is a sobering reminder that COVID-19 is dangerous no matter who you are or what you believe.

“Senator Rapert and I aren’t on the same side of many issues, but all Arkansans should be on the same side wanting to stop COVID-19. This can’t be political: wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.”

Rapert, 48, is a Republican who has served in the Senate since 2011 and last year announced he was seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in 2022.

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Arkansas Business contributed to this report.