Arkansas State Senator Jason Rapert Hospitalized For COVID-19

Jul 23, 2020

Arkansas state Sen. Jason Rapert, seen here on June 28, 2017, announced Thursday he has tested positive for the coronavirus.
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An Arkansas state senator is in the hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Sen. Jason Rapert on Thursday said in a statement provided by the Senate that he was hospitalized after being diagnosed with pneumonia and testing positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. The statement said Rapert was responding well to treatment.

Rapert is a 48-year-old Republican who has served in the Senate since 2011. Last year he announced he was seeking the GOP nomination for lieutenant governor in 2022.

He's the fourth Arkansas lawmaker to test positive for COVID-19. Three House members tested positive earlier this year.