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Sen. Jacque breathing with ventilator, in stable condition

Published: Aug. 24, 2021 at 9:37 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2021 at 2:45 PM CDT
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DE PERE, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE 8/25: Staff with Senator Andre Jacque’s office have confirmed a report stating the senator is breathing with a ventilator.

According to Matt Tompach, the Communications Director for Jacque’s office, the senator was intubated and put on a ventilator Monday evening.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported on Tuesday about Jacque (R-De Pere) being placed on a ventilator.

Tompach says the senator’s condition is currently stable, and adds “the days and weeks ahead will continue to be an incredibly stressful and difficult time for Sen. Jacque’s family.”

In addition, Tompach says the family’s privacy should be respected during what he said will “likely be an extended process.”

He continued to say that the office will provide updates on Jacque as warranted.

Jacque was reported to be in a hospital for pneumonia on August 17 after testing positive for the disease. At that time, the senator said when he tested positive, he was largely asymptomatic.

Last week, Wisconsin state representative Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers) said the senator was in need of prayers.

As previously reported, Sortwell took to Facebook Friday night and asked for his followers to pray for Jacque, and said the senator was in the hospital with “COVID induced pneumonia.”

Sen. Jacque’s brother, Pierre, spoke to our Milwaukee partner station WISN. He is asking for people to get vaccinated to prevent similar outcomes.

”While I appreciate the prayers for my brother and I understand that that’s how they feel they’re helping, I would ask them to you know, use some of the help that God has already given them to stay out of that same situation,” said Pierre Jacque.

Senator Jacque serves the 1st Senate District, which covers all of Door and Kewaunee Counties, as well as portions of Brown, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties.

INITIAL REPORT 8/24: A new report says Wisconsin state senator Andre Jacque is now breathing with a ventilator, who has been in the hospital for at least a week after testing positive for COVID-19.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported Jacque’s condition on Tuesday, saying the senator was intubated on Monday. The paper cited two people who had knowledge of the 40-year-old senator’s condition.

Jacque (R-De Pere), was reported to be in a hospital for pneumonia on August 17 after testing positive for the disease. At that time, the senator said when he tested positive, he was largely asymptomatic.

Action 2 News reached out to Jacque’s office this past weekend for an update on the senator’s condition, but did not hear back.

That inquiry was sent after Wisconsin state representative Shae Sortwell (R-Two Rivers), said the senator was in need of prayers.

As previously reported, Sortwell took to Facebook Friday night and asked for his followers to pray for Jacque, and said the senator was in the hospital with “COVID induced pneumonia.”

Sortwell has not posted anything about the senator since then.

Another inquiry asking for an update on the senator’s condition was sent by our staff Tuesday evening to Jacque’s office.

Sen. Jacque’s brother, Pierre, spoke to our Milwaukee partner station WISN. He is asking for people to get vaccinated to prevent similar outcomes.

”While I appreciate the prayers for my brother and I understand that that’s how they feel they’re helping, I would ask them to you know, use some of the help that God has already given them to stay out of that same situation,” said Pierre Jacque.

Senator Jacque serves the 1st Senate District, which covers all of Door and Kewaunee Counties, as well as portions of Brown, Calumet and Manitowoc Counties.

This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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