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State Sen. Andre Jacque being treated at hospital after positive COVID-19 test

State Senator-elect Andre Jacque. Nov. 6, 2018. (WBAY)
State Senator-elect Andre Jacque. Nov. 6, 2018. (WBAY)(WBAY)
Published: Aug. 17, 2021 at 8:24 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2021 at 9:27 AM CDT
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DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - State Sen. Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) is being treated for pneumonia at a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19, Action 2 News has confirmed.

The news was first reported by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Tuesday.

Action 2 News reached out to Sen. Jacque’s office for a statement. They provided us with the senator’s response to the Journal Sentinel.

The senator said at the time he tested positive, he was largely asymptomatic.

“I do not know when I contracted COVID, but some of my family and I did test positive for it at the end of last week after I came home from Madison,” Sen. Jacque wrote. “My office has been following all protocols and I personally reached out to the limited number of close contacts from last week in case I was positive at the time. I do not believe any of my staff or close contacts are experiencing symptoms. Unfortunately, I am now at the hospital with pneumonia, which I have had previously. I do not have further information to share at this point. Thanks, André,” reads the statement.

The Journal Sentinel reports Jacque testified last Wednesday before two committees at the Wisconsin State Capitol. The report states he was unmasked at at least one of the hearings.

Democratic critics have called the senator “selfish.”

“I hope Sen. Jacque and his family have a full recovery. I also hope others are spared from his irresponsible, selfish behavior and that any people he exposed to COVID or directly infected are taking precautions to stop the spread of this virus,” reads a statement from Sen. Chris Larson (D-Milwaukee).

“On Wednesday, there was a Joint Senate and Assembly Education Committee meeting held to pursue an imaginary threat. At the same time, Republicans exposed themselves and the public to the very real and deadly threat they continue to ignore, downplay, and let run rampant. Sen. Andre Jacque presented his bill. He did not wear a mask while speaking or while waiting to speak.

“Some have been privy to the knowledge of a positive test result since Friday. I, like many others, didn’t get definitive information until a Journal Sentinel article was posted this morning, a full 6 days after the committee. Committee Chairs Sen. Darling and Rep. Thiesfeldt should not sit on this information any longer. They owe it to our neighbors, the staff, and Capitol police who were in the room over those 7 hours to immediately contact every person who was in the committee room on Wednesday so they can schedule a COVID test and follow necessary precautions. Unfortunately, masks were not required or enforced and so the unmasked people packed into the room are at much higher risk.”

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