UPDATE: State Sen. Andre Jacque released from hospital, continues different forms of therapy


TUESDAY, 9/21/2021 3:12 p.m.

(WFRV) – After nearly a month in the hospital after contracting COVID-19, State Senator Andre Jacque of De Pere has been released from the hospital.

According to a spokesperson with Jacque, he is doing much better and has a ways to go with respiratory and occupational therapy, however, he is breathing well and making progress.

“He and his family wish to thank everyone for the prayers and good wishes that are making his recovery possible,” says Matt Tompach, Communications Director with the State Senator.

UPDATE: Sen. André Jacque’s wife urges people to get vaccinated

TUESDAY 8/31/2021 10:25 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The wife of a Wisconsin lawmaker who has been an outspoken critic of vaccine and mask mandates and who remains hospitalized with COVID-19-induced pneumonia is urging people to get vaccinated for the coronavirus.

Republican state Sen. Andre Jacque has been hospitalized since Aug. 16. He was placed on a ventilator several days later.

His wife, Renee Jacque, says five of their eight family members have tested positive for COVID-19. They have six children, including an infant.

She says that of the three fully vaccinated family members, one person contracted the virus with mild symptoms.

UPDATE: Sen. André Jacque on ventilator with COVID-19, stable

WEDNESDAY 8/25/2021 1:59 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Republican state senator from Wisconsin who opposed mask and vaccine mandates and then developed pneumonia after testing positive for COVID-19 is in stable condition after being placed on a ventilator.

State Sen. Andre Jacque tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month and was hospitalized Aug. 16. His spokesman Matt Tompach provided the first update on his condition Wednesday in a week.

He says Jacque was placed on the ventilator Monday night.

He says that while Jacque’s condition is stable, “the days and weeks ahead will continue to be an incredibly stressful and difficult time for Sen. Jacque’s family.” Jacque is a Republican who represents northeast Wisconsin.

UPDATE: WI Sen. André Jacque’s health may have worsened after testing positive for COVID-19, indicates colleague

SATURDAY 8/21/2021 8:51 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (WFRV) – Earlier in the week Wisconsin Sen. André Jacque was reported to be in ‘good personal health’ after testing positive for COVID-19. However, a recent post by State Representative Shae Sortwell indicates his health may have worsened in the passing days.

On Friday night, Wisconsin Representative Shae Sortwell called for prayers on his official Facebook page writing:

I have 10,000+ followers mostly in Wisconsin

I am asking each of you to pray for State Senator Andre Jacque.

He is in serious need of your prayers tonight

He is in the hospital with Covid induced pneumonia

State Representative Shae Sortwell

No further information has been released at this time. Local 5 will continue to update this story as it develops.

Original Story: Wisconsin GOP senator, critic of mask mandates has COVID-19

TUESDAY 8/17/2021 4:17 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — One of the Wisconsin Legislature’s most conservative lawmakers and a vocal opponent of mask and vaccine mandates has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Sen. André Jacque was at a hospital Monday with pneumonia. Jacque is from De Pere.

The Republican testified at a packed Capitol hearing Wednesday during which he didn’t wear a mask. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported Tuesday that Jacque tested positive last week.

Jacque hasn’t responded to a text message seeking comment, but in an email sent by his spokesman, he says some of his family members also tested positive.

He says he has been largely asymptomatic but is suffering from fatigue.

The representatives with the Senator told Local Five that he does not know when he contracted COVID, but some of his family along with himself did test positive once returning from Madison. He explains that while the fatigue has been a long-lasting concern, he is still in good personal health.

Sources say the Senator’s Office has been following all COVID-19 protocols, has reached out to personal he engaged with, and doesn’t believe any staff members are experiencing symptoms.

Jacque was in Little Chute back in June to moderate the Outagamie County Landfill expansion.

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