Jordan says he had coronavirus earlier this year

By Jeremy Pelzer - (TNS)

COLUMBUS — U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan had coronavirus early last summer, while he was in Ohio, the Champaign County Republican said this week in a media interview.

Jordan, a vocal opponent of COVID-19 vaccine mandates, told Spectrum News on Tuesday that he has recovered and that an antibody test showed his antibodies are “strong.” Jordan added: “In fact, the doctor said, ‘You’re in the strong category — you can donate plasma.”

Jordan didn’t provide details about how sick he got, though he said he “didn’t feel well.” He also didn’t say whether he quarantined or what treatment, if any, he received.

Jordan’s revelation that he had the disease — which has infected more than 1.3 million Ohioans, killing more than 26,000 of them — came after Spectrum News asked whether Jordan was vaccinated. Jordan didn’t directly answer that question, though he told Spectrum in early June that he had not received a coronavirus vaccine.

“Look, I think we’re way past this,” he said at the time. “I think the country is ready to move on and we’re done with this, but you guys just keep wanting to talk about it.”

Two other members of Ohio’s congressional delegation previously announced they had contracted COVID-19: Republican U.S. Rep. Bob Latta of Bowling Green and Democratic U.S. Rep. Tim Ryan of Niles. Both Latta and Ryan said they got sick even though they were fully vaccinated.

Coronavirus cases have been on the rise in Ohio in November, and health officials worry cases will surge even more during the holiday season, as people gather together indoors.

By Jeremy Pelzer (TNS)

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