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, 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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