Jesse Jackson, Wife Responding Well to COVID-19 Treatment, Son Says

By: Alyssa Wilson

Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline are “responding positively” to treatment for COVID-19, according to their son Jonathon.

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Jonathan released a statement through his father’s group, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition, on Sunday, saying, “Both of my parents have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, and especially because of their ages, physicians at the Northwestern University Memorial Hospital are carefully monitoring their condition.” He went on to say they are both resting comfortably and responding well to treatment.  

Jesse Jackson is 79 and his wife Jacqueline is 77, Reuters reported. According to data compiled by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, their ages put them at high risk for hospitalization and death from COVID-19.  

FILE – In this Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, Rev. Jesse Jackson receives the Pfizer’s BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine from Dr. Kiran Chekka, Covid Administration Physician at the Roseland Community Hospital in Chicago. The Rev. Jesse Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, have been hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19 according to a statement Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. He is vaccinated against the virus and publicly received his first dose in January. According to a statement released Saturday evening, the Jacksons are being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. He is 79 years old. Jacqueline Jackson is 77. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Jackson participated in a publicized vaccine event in Chicago in January, where he received the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine, according to NBC News and the Associated Press. The vaccination status of his wife is unknown.  

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He also suffers from other health conditions, including Parkinson’s disease, after a 2017 diagnosis. Support for the family began pouring in online after the news of their positive COVID-19 status was publicized. Many Black leaders took to social media to express their prayers for the family.  


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“My family appreciates all of the expressions of concern and prayers that have been offered on their behalf, and we will continue to offer our prayers for your family as well,” their son said. “We will continue to update you on a regular basis.”  

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