Amy Klobuchar says her husband has coronavirus

He is in a hospital in Virginia.
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Minnesota Senator and former Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar says her husband has been diagnosed with COVID-19.

Klobuchar confirmed her husband, Professor John Bessler, has contracted the virus in a statement Monday, saying they got the test results at 7 a.m.

He started feeling sick when he was in Washington D.C. and Klobuchar was in Minnesota, and initially thought it was a cold but "immediately quarantined himself just in case and stopped going to his job teaching in Baltimore."

But the situation worsened to the point he started coughing up blood, and went to get a test and x-ray in Virginia.

"He now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator," Klobuchar wrote.

"I love him and not being able to be by his side is one of the hardest things about this disease," she added.

"While I cannot see him and he is of course cut off from all visitors, our daughter Abigail and I are constantly calling and texting and emailing."

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Klobuchar says she and John have been in different places the past two weeks and she is outside the 14-day period for getting sick, so she has been advised by her doctor not to get a test. Their daughter Abigail has also been cut off

"I hope he will be home soon. I know so many Americans are going through this and so much worse right now. So I hope and pray for you, just as I hope you will do for my husband. Meanwhile I am working in the Senate to get help to the American people."

On Monday, Minnesota Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan announced that her brother Ron had died from COVID-19 over the weekend.

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