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Arizona state Rep. Sierra hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19

Oct 5, 2020, 8:14 AM | Updated: 12:46 pm
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PHOENIX – Democratic Arizona state Rep. Lorenzo Sierra has been hospitalized after testing positive for coronavirus, it was announced Monday.

Sierra, who lives in Avondale, was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and was placed in the intensive care unit.

Arizona Democrats said in a press release Sierra had been intubated but was resting comfortably.

Sierra tweeted Sept. 29 that he and his wife, Rhonda Cagle, had previously tested negative for the virus before they traveled to visit family in Washington.

In other tweets that day, Sierra said he and Cagle were in good spirits and that “despite taking extensive precautions at all times, we somehow became infected. This goes to show that COVID-19 is highly contagious and remains a very real public health concern.”

He is the third lawmaker from Arizona to test positive for the disease. Fellow Democrats U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva and state Sen. Lupe Contreras also were infected earlier this year.

Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted out his well wishes for Sierra’s recovery:

Sierra represents Legislative District 19, which is made up of Avondale and parts of Phoenix, Goodyear and Tolleson.

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Arizona state Rep. Sierra hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19