Former Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain was hospitalized Wednesday and is being treated for COVID-19, according to conservative news outlet Newsmax.
A statement tweeted from his Twitter account Thursday afternoon said he was diagnosed with the virus Monday and admitted to the hospital Wednesday after showing serious symptoms.
“Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert,” the statement read, adding that he beat stage 4 colon cancer in 2006 and is a “fighter.”
Mr. Cain, who chairs Black Voices for Trump, attended President Trump’s June 20 rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where several campaign staffers tested positive for the virus.
HermanCain.com editor Dan Calabrese said, however, that there’s no way of knowing where the former 2012 presidential candidate contracted the virus.
“By the way, since I know there will be questions: We honestly have no idea where he contracted it,” Mr. Calabrese wrote. “I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking. I don’t think there’s any way to trace this to the one specific contact that caused him to be infected. We’ll never know.”
We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 2, 2020
Please keep him, and all who are battling this virus, in your prayers.
Our full statement appears below. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/lDRW7Rla4e
Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) June 20, 2020
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