Louisiana state treasurer released from hospital

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    Louisiana State Treasurer John Schroder has returned home Friday after being hospitalized with complications from COVID-19. 

    “I’m feeling much better and want to thank the doctors and nurses who cared for me. Health care workers are the true heroes of this pandemic,” Schroder said in a written statement.

    Schroder’s office announced the treasurer, 59, had gone to the hospital with COVID-19 Thursday. The Republican has served as the state treasurer since 2017 and is a former state representative. He oversees the state’s financial accounts and chairs the Louisiana’s bond commission, which manages public borrowing and debt. 

    There are a few state lawmakers who also have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in the last two weeks. Other elected officials — including Sen. Bill Cassidy, Attorney General Jeff Landry and U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson — have contracted COVID-19 and recovered since the pandemic started in March. But one elected official, Rep. Reggie Bagala, died after contracting the virus in the spring.