State Sen. Jacque reportedly on ventilator as he remains hospitalized

State Sen. Andre Jacque is in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19
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. — Wisconsin state senator Andre Jacque is reportedly now breathing with the help of a ventilator as he remains hospitalized with COVID-19.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday night that Jacque was intubated for the ventilator on Monday, about a week after it was first reported he was in the hospital with COVID-related pneumonia.

Jacque tested positive earlier this month after appearing maskless in a packed Capitol hearing room where he testified for his bill that would ban critical race theory. At the time of his positive test, Jacque said the only symptom he was feeling was fatigue, which he says was common for him.

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There have been few updates from Jacque’s office about his condition since last week, when he first was hospitalized. In the days since then, some colleagues have asked for prayers.

Jacque has previously been a vocal critic of mask and vaccine mandates and sponsored bills that would have prevented government officials and business owners from requiring proof of vaccination.

Earlier in the year, he did not respond to a News 3 Now Investigates survey to lawmakers on whether they were vaccinated.

The 40-year-old state senator from De Pere has six children, including a newborn. It is not known whether any other of his family members tested positive for COVID-19.