Wisconsin lawmaker asks for prayers for colleague with COVID

State Sen. Andre Jacque is in the hospital after testing positive for COVID-19
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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. (AP) — The office of a Wisconsin lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of vaccine and mask mandates has declined to update his condition, even as a fellow legislator asked for prayers, saying the state senator was hospitalized with COVID-19-induced pneumonia.

Wisconsin state Sen. Andre Jacque was hospitalized on Aug. 16 after he tested positive for COVID-19. The Republican from De Pere is one of the Legislature’s most conservative members and a vocal opponent of mask and vaccine mandates.

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His spokesman, Matt Tompach, stopped providing updates on Jacque’s condition last Wednesday.

On Friday night, state Rep. Shae Sortwell asked his Facebook followers to pray for Jacque.

Jacque’s office has not answered questions about whether he was vaccinated.