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State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, D-Avondale, is in intensive care and was intubated at a Baltimore hospital following complications related to COVID-19, Arizona House Democrats said Monday.
The lawmaker and his wife, Rhonda Cagle, both began exhibiting symptoms of the virus while they were visiting family in Washington, D.C., in late September.
Sierra said at the time they had tested negative before traveling but that he was told to assume they both had COVID-19 until receiving new test results.
A spokesperson for the House Democrats said Sierra was hospitalized Sunday evening in Washington and on Monday morning was taken to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, where he was intubated.
An announcement from the caucus said Sierra was “resting comfortably in ICU while he receives treatment” and added that Cagle is recovering well.
The couple plans to remain in the mid-Atlantic region while Sierra undergoes treatment.
The legislator is currently running for reelection to the House.
Sierra is the third Arizona legislator known to have tested positive for COVID-19 and the second from Legislative District 19.
One of his running mates, state Sen. Lupe Contreras, D-Avondale, tested positive for the new coronavirus along with several members of his family in late April.
Contreras was sick for several days but was well enough to attend proceedings at the state Capitol about a month later.
State Rep. Joanne Osborne, R-Goodyear, tested positive for the virus in July.
More than 220,000 cases of COVID-19 have been identified in Arizona and 5,706 people are known to have died.