Reverend Jesse L. Jackson and his wife, Jacqueline, were being treated at a Chicago hospital on Saturday after being diagnosed with Covid-19, their representatives said in a statement.
The Rainbow Push Coalition, a civil rights organization founded by Jackson, did not say why Jackson, 79, and Jacqueline, 77, had to be hospitalized.
“Doctors are currently monitoring the condition of both,” the organization said. “Anyone who’s been around any of them in the past five or six days should follow the CDC’s guidelines. “
Both were being treated at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
Jackson received the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine in January and took the opportunity to encourage black people to get the vaccine.
Although coronavirus vaccines can prevent transmission and hospitalization, the virulent Delta variant has caused a small proportion of “breakthrough” cases that can affect the elderly and immunocompromised.
Jackson announced in 2017 that he had Parkinson’s disease.
He ran for president unsuccessfully in 1984 and 1988, and some historians credit these campaigns with paving the way for Barack Obama’s presidency.