Reverend Jesse Jackson was transferred to a physical rehabilitation center, while his wife Jacqueline was transferred to the hospital’s intensive care unit where the two were undergoing treatment for COVID-19.
The 79-year-old political activist and minister and his 77-year-old wife were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago last weekend.
Family members said in a statement Friday that Jacqueline Jackson had been transferred to intensive care and was receiving oxygen, but was breathing on her own.
The statement says Jesse Jackson’s coronavirus symptoms are easing and a hospital is focusing on physical rehabilitation due to his Parkinson’s disease.
“As her COVID-19 symptoms subside, her Parkinson’s disease has become more focused. Therefore, he has been transferred to the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab where he will immediately begin intensive occupational and physical therapy, ”said a statement from Jonathan Jackson, via the Rainbow Push Coalition.
The Reverend was vaccinated against COVID-19 in January, as part of a public campaign to encourage black Americans to get vaccinated. A month after being vaccinated, Jackson underwent gallbladder surgery.
Jackson told The Associated Press on Tuesday that his wife was not vaccinated when she contracted the virus due to a “pre-existing condition” that he declined to elaborate on. She had responded well to her treatments earlier in the week, according to the family.
“Both of our parents continue to receive excellent medical care,” said Friday’s statement. “We urge you to continue to keep them in your prayers because we know this is a serious illness. “
The family also urged “anyone who has not yet been vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus to do so immediately,” in the statement.