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Klobuchar says husband hospitalized with coronavirus

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at the LULAC Presidential Town Hall in Las Vegas. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Klobuchar called for an independent probe of the murder case she prosecuted that sent a teenage Myon Burrell to prison for life. (AP Photo/John Locher)
FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2020 file photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., speaks at the LULAC Presidential Town Hall in Las Vegas. On Thursday, March 5, 2020, Klobuchar called for an independent probe of the murder case she prosecuted that sent a teenage Myon Burrell to prison for life. (AP Photo/John Locher) (Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar announced Monday that her husband, John Besser, has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The former Democratic presidential candidate said in a statement that Besser began feeling sick when she was in Minnesota and he was in Washington, D.C., and he immediately quarantined himself. She said he sought a test and chest X-ray after he began coughing up blood, and was checked into a Virginia hospital with "very low oxygen levels which really haven't improved."

She said he now has pneumonia and is on oxygen but not a ventilator. Klobuchar said her doctor had advised her not to get a test.

"One of the hardest things about this disease is he's in the hospital today, he's been in there for a few days, and I can't even be by his side," Klobuchar said during a teleconference to discuss legislation Monday.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.

She said it took five days for Besser to be tested, noting that such delays are a problem facing many.

“We have to fix that immediately in this country,” she said.