Sen. Klobuchar shares update on husband hospitalized with coronavirus

The Minnesota senator and former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful shares an update about her husband who tested positive for COVID-19 and apparently isolated as soon as he experienced symptoms.
4:43 | 03/24/20

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emergency. We are joined by Minnesota senator and former presidential candidate Amy klobuchar who announced yesterday that her husband John has tested positive for the virus and has been hospitalized. Senator, thank you so much for joining us this morning. Thank you, robin. We're very sorry to hear about your husband. How is his condition this morning? Well, today he's still on oxygen. The reason he was hospitalized is he had pneumonia. He was coughing up blood and his oxygen levels were dangerously low, so he's been there for a few days now. We actually -- he got a test last Wednesday and we didn't get the results until yesterday and so that's when we found out which we had expected over the weekend that he had it. That's the story of a lot of people, and I think one of the things I want to say is a lot of Americans have this and worse going on, and one of the hardest things about this disease is you can't go and visit your loved one. I would -- as much as I love being on your show, I would rather be there with him right now and I can't do that. All you can do is call and email and text and try to reach the caretakers who are taking care of him. I've never even met them, to get updates, and it is -- it's all Americans, as I said. This isn't just my story. Everyone's going to know someone in their family where this happens or their friends. I just want to say that that's who I'm thinking about right now and it's the reason I'm here in my office devoted to getting the funding we need for medical surge and helping people who are out of work. We want to talk about that because that bill is still pending. Did your husband have any underlying conditions before this that contributed at all? No. He's 52. He's very healthy and we don't know how he got it and no one around us got it. Maybe it was just a random thing and he started to feel sick about 12 days ago or so. The minute he started to feel like he had a cold, he squeserred himself, quarantined himself in the apartment. That's all he thought it was, but to be safe he did that. And then that's where he stayed until he started coughing up the blood and then he got the test. But you yourself, you're not quarantined or anything like that and you did not have to be tested. Tell people why that is. Well, because the first week I was in Minnesota and he was here in Washington. Then by the time I came back for votes, he was starting to feel sick, so we stayed in separate places. So by the time we got the test back, the 14 days had gone by and so I talked to my doctor and he said, you know, you wouldn't qualify no matter what. You don't have symptoms. You haven't been around him for 14 days, so why would I get a sick when other people who are getting sick aren't getting tests. That's how I approached it, I'm going to be treated like everyone else. I think that's what everyone has to do right now. Of course everyone would love to get a test. You'd love to know but you've got to make sure you're following the rules. As far as we know he didn't infect anyone else. Thank you for amplifying that last point there. Let us get to the bill, all right, because Americans are saying they're frustrated with what's going on. There's a lot of finger pointing that we always see in Washington. People need help, and they want to know when is a deal, when is the stimulus package, when is it going to get done? Well, we are very hopeful this morning. Senator Schumer and on the democratic side senator Patty Murray, senator Durbin, the entire team, we have stuck together to try to push for more funding for medical surge for equipment and hospitals and making sure that our workers are taken care of, small businesses and the like, and there's been very good bipartisan negotiations. I think I talked to six Republican senators over the phone yesterday. There have been people working, staff here, knowing that, as you know with Rand Paul and others, that there is coronavirus in the capitol and these people, the staff members, the police officers, everyone working here has been working around the clock to get this done. I am actually optimistic that we will have an agreement, but this is a big deal. We want to have guardrails on this money to make sure that there's some accountability and it's not just gone off into nowhere. So there's a lot of work that's being done on the details. Can it get done today? I think it is, if I had to predict, yes. All right, senator, thank you so much and again, our best to your husband that he makes a full recovery and all that are facing this terrible illness. Thank you. Take care. Michael? Thank you, robin.

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