Jesse Jackson Out Of Hospital, Wife Still There

( On August 21 it was reported that both Jesse Jackson and his wife Jacqueline were hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19. While Jacqueline, 77, was not vaccinated for the virus, Jesse Jackson, 79, had been fully-vaccinated since the beginning of the year. In January, Jackson received his first shot at a public event promoting COVID vaccines.

The couple, married nearly sixty years, were admitted to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago to begin treatment.

Over the weekend, Jesse Jackson, who suffers from Parkinson’s disease, was transferred out of the hospital into Northwestern’s Shirley Ryan Ability Lab where he would receive “intensive occupational and physical therapy” as his coronavirus symptoms abate.

Jacqueline, whose COVID symptoms persist, had been moved into the ICU at Northwestern. While she continued breathing on her own and was not placed on a ventilator, she did receive increased oxygen.

In a statement released on Sunday, their son Jonathan Jackson said the family appreciated the outpouring of support “from around the world.” He asked for continued prayers “for all those who are suffering” from what he called “a dangerous disease.”

In his statement, Jonathan Jackson also urged everyone who has not yet been vaccinated to “do so immediately.”

When he was vaccinated in January, Jesse Jackson appeared with viral immunologist Dr. Kizzmekia “Kizzy” Corbett, one of the leaders from the National Institutes of Health’s team that helped develop the Moderna COVID vaccine.

On Monday it was reported that Jacqueline Jackson was moved out of the ICU and back into a regular room at Northwestern University Hospital where she continues to receive oxygen.

Tuesday it was reported that Gene Simmons, the co-lead singer for KISS tested positive for COVID-19. In a statement released Tuesday evening, the band said that the 72-year-old Simmons was experiencing only mild symptoms.

Simmons’ diagnosis comes less than a week after co-lead singer Paul Stanley, 69, tested positive for coronavirus.

Everyone in the band, as well as their touring crew, have been fully vaccinated.

However, as a result of Simmons’ diagnosis, four of the upcoming shows for the band’s “End of the Road” tour scheduled from September 1 to 5 have been postponed to a later date.