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Sen. Klobuchar's Husband Out of Hospital

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) signaled her husband, John Bessler, is back at home and on the mend after being hospitalized for COVID-19.

“Thanks to all who sent kind words and prayers for my husband John. He has coronavirus and has been in the hospital for pneumonia and low oxygen," she said in a statement. "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.”

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A handful of legislators have tested positive for the virus, most recently Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who got criticism for reportedly having gone to the Senate gym and elsewhere between the time he got the test and the results, a test he said he took out of an abundance of caution.

The vote on a $2 trillion-plus coronavirus stimulus bill was approved unanimously Wednesday night (March 25), but without a few votes because those senators were self-quarantining and couldn't make it to the floor.

Klobuchar has said she does not plan to get tested for the virus.

"Since John and I have been in different places for the last two weeks and I am outside the 14-day period for getting sick, my doctor has advised me to not get a test," she said earlier this week. "As everyone is aware, there are test shortages for people who need them everywhere and I don’t qualify to get one under any standard." 

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.