Civil Rights icon Rev. Jesse Jackson has been hospitalized after testing optimistic for COVID-19 alongside together with his spouse Jacqueline, based on an announcement launched Saturday by the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, the non-profit social motion group based by Jackson in 1971.

In keeping with the assertion, each are being handled at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.

“Docs are presently monitoring the situation of each. Anybody who has been round both of them for the final 5 or 6 days ought to comply with the CDC pointers,” Rainbow PUSH officers stated within the temporary launch, whereas saying there have been no additional updates.

According to the Rainbow PUSH website, Jackson was first vaccinated in opposition to coronavirus in January and on the time praised Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett on her work on the Nationwide Institutes of Well being (NIH) on the Moderna vaccine previous to her shifting on to Harvard College.

“What’s clear is that the scientific neighborhood and neighborhood leaders should attain out and work arduous to make sure that African Individuals acquire the arrogance to get vaccinated,” stated Jackson. “This gained’t be straightforward. However with the management of Dr. Corbett and others, and with a brand new administration getting severe about offering the assets for mass vaccination and for outreach into the communities most impacted, lives could be saved.”

In 2017, Jackson disclosed that he had been recognized with Parkinson’s illness, however continued his activism, collaborating with the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in addition to different actions.

Earlier this month, Jackson, 79, was amongst a gaggle of 200 demonstrators arrested in Washington D.C., as they urged Congress to finish its filibuster to guard voting rights and improve the federal minimal wage, The Washington Post reported. Two vital items of voting rights laws had stalled in Congress as Republican state lawmakers in a number of states had led a push to move stricter voting legal guidelines after the 2020 elections.

He had additionally been arrested in July on the places of work of Arizona Sen. Krysten Sinema over her assist of the congressional filibuster.

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Jackson, a two-time U.S. presidential candidate, has an almost six-decade profession in world human rights activism and had been an aide to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 20s, as an organizer for the Southern Christian Management Convention and later, the chief of Operation Breadbasket. He based the Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Chicago to give attention to financial empowerment, enterprise and academic alternatives for marginalized communities.

He married his spouse Jacqueline, 77, in 1963 and so they have 5 youngsters collectively, Santita Jackson, former Rep. Jesse L. Jackson, Jr., Jonathan Luther Jackson, Yusef DuBois Jackson, and Jacqueline Lavinia Jackson, Jr., according to the Rainbow PUSH website.