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Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, hospitalized with COVID-19

Jesse Jackson hospitalized with COVID-19
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The Reverend Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, have both been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19, according to a statement released Saturday by Jackson's Rainbow/Push Coalition. The 79-year-old civil rights leader and his wife, 77, are both being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

"Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both," the statement said, adding, "there are no further updates at this time."

Their son, Jonathan Jackson, on Sunday said in a statement that doctors were "carefully monitoring their conditions" because of their ages.

"Both are resting comfortably and are responding positively to their treatments," he said.

The two remained in the hospital Monday, their son said.

"The status of my parents has not changed," Jonathan Jackson said in a Monday statement. "We are ever mindful that COVID-19 is a serious disease and we ask that you continue in prayer for my parents, as we remain prayerful for yours." 

Jackson was vaccinated in January, and had encouraged other elderly people to get their shots, CBS Chicago reports.

Jackson in 2017 disclosed that in 2015 he had been diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Despite his diagnoses, he has continued his work as an activist.

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