95.3 F
Fort Worth
Friday, August 7, 2020

“I truly thought last Friday was gonna be my last,” says Arlington lawmaker who was hospitalized for coronavirus

Other News

Plant closings send GM to 2Q loss, but signs of improvement

By TOM KRISHER AP Auto WriterDETROIT (AP) — Even though General Motors was able to reopen its U.S. factories for the last...

Bard wins in 1st MLB game since ’13, Rockies beat Texas 3-2

By STEPHEN HAWKINS AP Baseball WriterARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Daniel Bard has a new perspective after more than seven years away from...

Cowboys, rookie WR Lamb agree on $14 million, 4-year deal

FRISCO, Texas (AP) — The Dallas Cowboys and rookie receiver CeeDee Lamb agreed Thursday on a $14 million, four-year contract with $7.8...

Texas Rangers pre-game events for home opener Friday, July 24

After a delay of nearly four months due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Texas Rangers will play their...

By Cassandra Pollock, The Texas Tribune July 31, 2020

“I truly thought last Friday was gonna be my last,” says Texas lawmaker who was hospitalized for coronavirus” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Need to stay updated on coronavirus news in Texas? Our evening roundup will help you stay on top of the day’s latest updates. Sign up here.

State Rep. Tony Tinderholt was hospitalized last week after testing positive for the novel coronavirus, the lawmaker confirmed Friday to The Texas Tribune, marking the first known case involving a member of the Texas Legislature.

“I truly thought last Friday was gonna be my last,” Tinderholt, an Arlington Republican, said in a text message to the Tribune. Tinderholt said his wife and two of his children also tested positive for the virus, though their symptoms were less severe.

Tinderholt said he is recovering after receiving medical treatment from a North Texas doctor. He said he spent several hours in the hospital and received an IV and medication there. He and his family wore masks every time they went out in public because they felt it was the right thing to do, he said.

“I would like for people to try to mitigate risk by wearing masks,” he said. “But wear them because you think it’s right. I’m sure it works to some degree — it just didn’t for me.”

Medical experts and doctors have recommended wearing masks to reduce the spread of the virus, with recent research suggesting that wearing one could lessen the severity of symptoms or stop someone from catching it entirely.Research has also shown that face coverings such as masks are most effective at reducing spread when a higher number of people in a community participate in wearing them.

Tinderholt is a member of the hardline conservative House Freedom Caucus, which has frequently criticized Gov. Greg Abbott‘s response to the pandemic — shutting down businesses and requiring masks in public — as government overreach.

In an April 24 letter to the governor, the caucus urged Abbott to “fully reopen” the state economy, arguing that the longer he waited to reopen businesses, the longer it would take to recover.

“Too many jobs have been lost; too many sit at home as their livelihoods wither away, uncertain if they’ll be able to pay their mortgage or buy groceries next week,” read the letter, which included recommendations on how to reopen safely. “We must rebuild this economy by allowing those who built it in the first place to reopen.”

While Tinderholt acknowledged the virus is a “serious illness,” he reiterated Fridayhis position that Abbott shutting down parts of the economy is wrong.

“Closing the entire economy and halting business as well as illegally taking people’s freedoms are absolutely the wrong things to do to Texas, Texans and our nation,” Tinderholt said.

Tinderholt said he was considered at risk for the virus due to his titanium aortic heart valve.

Tinderholt’s first day of symptoms, he said, consisted of mild joint pain that soon turned into severe pain accompanied by bad headaches and a loss of taste and smell. Now, in recovery, he said he has nausea and a cough with slight breathing difficulties. He said he does not know how he caught it.

Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article misspelled the name of state Rep. Tony Tinderholt.

                <p>This article originally appeared in <a href="http://www.texastribune.org/">The Texas Tribune</a> at <a href="https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/31/tony-tinderholdt-texas-coronavirus/">https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/31/tony-tinderholdt-texas-coronavirus/</a>.</p>
                <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/31/tony-tinderholdt-texas-coronavirus/">
                <p>The Texas Tribune is proud to celebrate 10 years of exceptional journalism for an exceptional state.
                <a href="https://www.texastribune.org/series/10th-anniversary/?utm_campaign=trib-marketing&utm_source=media_partners&utm_medium=website&utm_term=reprint-footer">Explore the next 10 years with us.</a></p>
                <script src="https://dot.texastribune.org/static/dist/dot.min.55eef7d282ec435600d1.js" integrity="sha384-kWHbWWrJHsBy04/FLYpSF8whX7iznTaWu7KCwxjA7qmPD3La29VFha61MJDfKQ+e" crossorigin="anonymous" data-tt-canonical="https://www.texastribune.org/2020/07/31/tony-tinderholdt-texas-coronavirus/"></script>
- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -

Latest News

Tarrant County reports 3 COVID deaths on Friday

Tarrant County Public Health on Friday, Aug. 7 reported three COVID-19 deaths. The deceased include a man in his 80s from Grand...

Postal Service loses $2.2B in 3 months as virus woes persist

By MATTHEW DALY Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Postal Service says it lost $2.2 billion in the...

Loan program ends, hard-hit businesses hope for 2nd chance

By JOYCE M. ROSENBERG AP Business Writer NEW YORK (AP) — Small businesses are in limbo again as the...

DFW area to receive $7.8 million in second round of coronavirus recovery grants for public housing authorities

Several DFW area cities and counties were awarded a total of $7,826,953 in another round of federal grants...

US adds 1.8 million jobs in a sign that hiring has weakened

By CHRISTOPHER RUGABER AP Economics Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States added 1.8 million jobs in July, a...