Updated Mar 26, 2020 - Health

Amy Klobuchar's husband released from hospital after coronavirus treatment

Sen. Amy Klobuchar with her husband John Bessler and daughter Abigail Bessler

Sen. Amy Klobuchar with her husband, John Bessler, and daughter, Abigail Bessler, on the campaign trail in 2019. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) announced Monday that her husband, John Bessler, has been released from the hospital after testing positive for coronavirus.

The latest: "Thanks to all who sent kind words and prayers for my husband John," Klobuchar said in a statement. "He has coronavirus and has been in the hospital for pneumonia and low oxygen. He took a good turn, was just released and is now recovering at home. Thanks to those who cared for him and for all front line health care workers."

The backdrop: The Minnesota senator said on Monday that she had not seen her husband for the last two weeks because of his illness — and, as a result, will not be tested or self-quarantine.

  • "He kept having a temperature and a bad, bad cough and when he started coughing up blood he got a test and a chest X-ray and they checked him into a hospital in Virginia because of a variety of things including very low oxygen levels which haven’t really improved," she wrote at the time.
  • "He now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator."
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