Herman Cain, the former pizza chain executive who ran in the Republican presidential primary in 2012, has been hospitalized with COVID-19 less than two weeks after attending President Trump’s campaign rally in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In a statement on Thursday, a spokesperson for the 74-year-old said that Cain tested positive for the virus Monday, and by Wednesday required hospitalization for his symptoms but is not on a ventilator.
“There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer,” the statement says.
While it is unclear when and where Cain contracted the disease or how long he had it, Cain was among the several thousand attendees at Trump’s Tulsa rally, the vast majority of whom did not wear masks.
We are sorry to announce that Herman Cain has tested positive for COVID-19, and is currently receiving treatment in an Atlanta-area hospital.
Please keep him, and all who are battling this virus, in your prayers.
Our full statement appears below. Updates to follow. pic.twitter.com/lDRW7Rla4e
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) July 2, 2020
“The atmosphere was electric, and the president’s words were inspiring,” Cain wrote in the Western Journal about his experience in Tulsa. “He presented a vision for uniting the country, overcoming the remaining effects of the pandemic and reinvigorating an economy he had going strong before the coronavirus showed up.”
— Herman Cain (@THEHermanCain) June 20, 2020
After the rally, dozens of Secret Service agents and officers who were there were ordered to self-quarantine for two weeks.
“Hours before Trump’s rally, it was discovered that six advance staffers, including two Secret Service employees, had tested positive for covid-19. Two more advance staffers tested positive after returning to Washington,” reports The Washington Post.