Chris Christie released from hospital after COVID-19 diagnosis and weeklong stay

Chip Somodevilla/Getty ImagesFormer Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey at the White House.
  • Former Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was released from the hospital on Saturday after a week-long stay to fight COVID-19.
  • Christie, who aided President Trump in debate preparations, also attended the White House Rosen Garden event announcing the president’s Supreme Court nominee.
  • Christie said that he would reveal more about his current condition in the coming days.
  • According to CNN, Christie is taking the antiviral drug remdesivir.
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Former GOP Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey was released from the hospital on Saturday after a week-long stay to battle the coronavirus.

Christie announced his diagnosis last Saturday, days after he aided President Trump in preparations for the first debate with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. He checked into the hospital as a precautionary measure the same day.

In a Twitter message on Saturday, Christie, who is asthmatic, didn’t immediately state the severity of his condition while hospitalized nor did he reveal his current status.

“I am happy to let you know that this morning I was released from Morristown Medical Centre,” Christie tweeted. “I want to thank the extraordinary doctors & nurses who cared for me for the last week. Thanks to my family & friends for their prayers. I will have more to say about all of this next week.”

Over the past week, an array of White House and campaign staffers have disclosed that they contracted the coronavirus, along with at least a dozen attendees of the White House event announcing the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and a member of the White House Coronavirus Task Force, said on Friday that the Barrett event was a “superspreader event,” where COVID-19 is transmitted to far more people than normal. On average, an individual with the disease is thought to infect about two other people.

CNN reported that Christie was taking the antiviral drug remdesivir, which was also taken by Trump to fight off the coronavirus.

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