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Louisiana state treasurer released from hospital

By: - December 5, 2020 7:50 pm

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. 

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.

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