Nevada Sen. Pat Spearman in hospital with COVID-19; two other lawmakers diagnosed


Wade Vandervort

Sen. Pat Spearman speaks during a town hall meeting for Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., at Canyon Springs High School Friday, March 1, 2019.

Thu, Dec 31, 2020 (2:45 p.m.)

Three members of the Nevada Legislature have tested positive for COVID-19, with Sen. Pat Spearman announcing her hospitalization on Twitter.

Assembly members Rochelle Nguyen, D-Las Vegas, and Howard Watts, D-Las Vegas, also announced their diagnosis on Twitter.

Spearman, D-North Las Vegas, retweeted messages of support today, confirming she was in the hospital.

“Together we must fight COVID and wear a mask,” Spearman posted on Twitter. “The only way to defeat this is through unity.”

It was not clear how Spearman or Watts might have contracted the virus. Nguyen, an attorney, posted on Twitter that she likely caught it in court.

“The hospitals are essentially full. Please recommit to masks, distancing and avoiding gatherings like NYE parties for at least the next few months until the most vulnerable people get vaccinated,” Watts said. “We each have the power to determine if this gets worse before it gets better.”

The news comes about a month before lawmakers are scheduled to reconvene in Carson City for a session that is likely to revolve around the pandemic.

Nevada has recored 224,731 cases of coronavirus and 3,125 related deaths.

Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Wednesday that 25,636 doses of the COVID-19 vaccine have been administered in Nevada.

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