Ray Rodrigues hospitalized with COVID-19

Sen. Ray Rodrigues has been hospitalized nine days after learning he tested positive for COVID-19.

The Estero Republican, who was excused from a Tuesday ceremony swearing him into the Senate, was admitted to the hospital on Monday night, confirmed spokesperson Erin Isaac. He took a test on Nov. 7 before a routine medical procedure, and the following day learned of the diagnosis and began self-isolating.

At that point, Rodrigues was asymptomatic. WINK News reports that changed after about five days, and that he began suffering from a variety of symptoms.

Sources tell Florida Politics that Rodrigues is feeling improved after less than a day in the hospital’s care. He’s been treated with Remdesivir. The Food and Drug Administration approved the drug as a treatment for COVID-19, and The New England Journal of Medicine in October published a report showing the treatment reduced hospitalization times for patients with less severe illness.

Rodrigues, who just wrapped an eight-year stint in the Florida House, won election to the Senate after defeating fellow state Representative Heather Fitzenhagen in an August primary and Democrat Rachel Brown in the General Election.

He previously served as Majority Leader in the House from

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