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Kentucky state Senator Gerald Neal hospitalized after coronavirus diagnosis

WHAS11 News has learned he is currently being treated in the hospital and is doing well.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky state Senator Gerald Neal is hospitalized with COVID-19.

WHAS11 News has learned the prognosis is good for the longtime Louisville lawmaker.

The 74-year-old, 33rd District Democrat has served in the General Assembly since 1989.

He’s currently being treated in the hospital and is doing well.

Senate Minority Leader Morgan McGarvey confirmed the situation and released the following statement:

"The prognosis for Senator Neal is good. Gerald Neal has been fighting for his community and civil rights for over thirty years and that's something he's going to continue to do particularly at this important time."

Kentucky's Senate Democratic Leadership issued the following statement on Sept. 8:

“Per precautions set by state and federal health officials, Sen. Gerald Neal admitted himself to the hospital after experiencing mild symptoms of COVID-19 and received the prognosis late Monday evening. Sen. Neal is a champion and fighter for his community in the state legislature. He’s already calling people from the hospital talking about bills for the next session and organizing meetings he still plans to attend virtually. We fully expect Sen. Neal to overcome this and return to the Senate to continue fighting for the constituents of District 33 and the entire commonwealth.”

Neal is the second local lawmaker to announce a positive case in two days.

Sunday, 41st District State Representative Attica Scott announced she tested positive for the virus.

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