Sen. Jacque Won’t Discuss Whether Getting COVID-19 Changed His Views
Prior to being hospitalized, he advocated against mask-wearing, vaccine mandates.
After being hospitalized with a severe case of COVID-19, state Sen. André Jacque, R-De Pere, declined to say whether his experience has changed his view on the pandemic and public health measures.
When asked whether his experience with the disease had changed his views on how the state should be battling the pandemic or approaching public health, Jacque said he did not want to comment on COVID-19. But he said he did have some “insights” from his time in the hospital.
“I wish I had the opportunity to take monoclonal antibodies and some of the other therapeutics that are otherwise available, but not at that point,” Jacque said in the interview.
Monoclonal antibody treatment limits the amount of coronavirus that enters a person’s body, therefore making symptoms milder and decreasing the risk of hospitalization. The therapy gained national attention in October 2020 after it was used by former President Donald Trump during his COVID-19 infection.
Jacque was also asked by “The Morning Show” how an end to the pandemic could be reached if more people in the state don’t get vaccinated.
But Jacque said that the state should look beyond vaccination rates to the issue of virus mutations and how they could affect vaccine efficacy.
“This is going to be a long term issue with mutations that occur with this virus or with any virus, if you look at the flu vaccine or all the variants that we’re kind of chasing after right now,” Jacque told “The Morning Show.” ‘We have to, I think, focus on what it is that we can do to pull together as opposed to divide ourselves as a community.”
He said two issues where common ground can be found is on addressing a shortage of health care workers and expanding hospital capacity.
Jacque has proposed legislation that would allow recent military veterans to provide limited health care without a license under supervision of a physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, registered professional nurse or advanced practice nurse.
He said that hospital staff shortages are part of why Wisconsin health care systems are once again reporting a lack of available bed space.
DHS data shows that 56 percent of hospitals reported they were at overall peak capacity as of last week. Almost 97 percent of the state’s ICU beds were in use as of Tuesday.
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