Updated Jul 26, 2021 - Health

GOP Rep. Clay Higgins says he has COVID for second time

Rep. Clay Higgins during a House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

Rep. Clay Higgins during a 2019 House Oversight and Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Rep. Clay Higgins (R-La.) announced Sunday evening that he and his wife have contracted COVID-19 for a second time and "this episode is far more challenging."

Driving the news: "Becca and I had COVID before, early on, in January 2020, before the world really knew what it was," he wrote in a Facebook post, confirming his son also has the coronavirus — which he described as a "biological attack weaponized virus."

  • This time round, the virus has "required all of my devoted energy," he said.
  • "We are all under excellent care, and our prognosis is positive," Higgins added. "We are very healthy generally speaking, and our treatment of any health concern always encompasses western, eastern, and holistic variables."

Of note: Higgins has advocated for people to get inoculated against COVID-19, but hasn't publicly stated whether he has been vaccinated, per NBC News.

  • He told Lake Charles, Louisiana, news outlet the Daily American in April that he believed he was "naturally immunized" because he had already contracted the virus.

The big picture: COVID-19 cases are again surging across the U.S. The seven-day average of new cases in Louisiana was up 67% to more than 1,500 as of July 20.

  • The Delta variant is driving the spike in most places. In Louisiana, this strain is second to the Alpha variant, first detected in the U.K., according to Axios' Coronavirus Variant Tracker.
  • Louisiana has seen a slower uptake in coronavirus vaccinations than other U.S. states, and fewer than 50% of the population had been vaccinated as of last month.

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Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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