Arizona Rep. Lorenzo Sierra receives experimental treatment for COVID-19


Arizona state Rep. Lorenzo Sierra (Photo: Lorenzo Sierra)

An Arizona legislator is showing “early signs of improvement” after he was hospitalized over the weekend with complications related to COVID-19, his wife said Tuesday.

Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, D-Avondale, remains in critical but stable condition on a ventilator, Rhonda Cagle wrote on social media.

Cagle also said she had signed off on an experimental treatment.

Sierra was hospitalized Sunday while he visited family in Washington, D.C., with Cagle.

The lawmaker said he had tested negative for COVID-19 before traveling, but that they both began exhibiting symptoms of the virus in late September while visiting the East Coast.

Admitted to a hospital in Washington, D.C., on Sunday evening, he was taken to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore on Monday.

Sierra is the third Arizona legislator who is known to have had COVID-19 and the second from District 19 — his seatmate, Sen. Lupe Contreras, D-Avondale, tested positive with several members of his family earlier this year.

U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, D-Ariz., also fought a bout with COVID-19.

Politicians from both sides of the aisle have wished Sierra well in a flurry of statements and social media posts.

“Rep. Sierra fights hard for his constituents, and we know he is fighting this virus just as hard,” said Senate President Karen Fann, R-Prescott. “We pray he fully recovers and returns to us in Arizona healthy.”

“He may be across the country, but all of us in Arizona are sending our best and fighting alongside him,” said House Minority Leader Charlene Fernandez, D-Yuma.

Contact Andrew Oxford at [email protected] or on Twitter @andrewboxford.

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