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State Sen. Jacque discharged from hospital, still recovering from COVID-19

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Michael P. King

FILE - In this March 2, 2015, file photo shows Wisconsin Republican state Rep. Andre Jacques at a labor committee hearing at the State Capitol in Madison, Wis. Jacques, one of the Legislature's most conservative lawmakers and a vocal opponent of mask and vaccine mandates, tested positive for COVID-19 last week and was at the hospital on Monday, Aug. 16, 2021 with pneumonia.

MADISON, Wis. — The staff of State Sen. Andre Jacque, who has been hospitalized for more than a month with COVID-19, says he has been released from the hospital and is “making substantial progress toward regaining his health.”

Jacque has been hospitalized since mid-August after announcing he had tested positive after taking part in a packed Capitol hearing without wearing a mask. It is unknown if Jacque was vaccinated.

About a week later, it was reported that Jacque had been intubated and put on a ventilator. That news led to some of his Republican colleagues asking people to pray for him.

A week after that, Jacque’s wife, with whom he has six children, said five of their eight family members had tested positive for COVID-19 and urged people to get vaccinated.

“While vaccination is a personal choice, I ask that those individuals who are eligible and able to receive the COVID-19 vaccine please consider placing their trust in the medical professionals who recommend it. These professionals, and their peers, are those whom we have also placed our trust in to care for my husband,” Renee Jacque wrote.

There were few updates on Jacque’s condition in recent weeks, other than staff confirming he was still hospitalized and his condition had stabilized.

His spokesperson said Tuesday that Jacque is now doing “much better” but still “has a ways to go” and is continuing respiratory and occupational therapy.

“He is feeling good mentally, breathing well, and making substantial progress toward regaining his health,” his staff said.