Klobuchar's law prof husband is hospitalized with COVID-19

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John Bessler

John Bessler. Photo by Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has announced that her law professor husband, John Bessler, has tested positive for COVID-19 and is hospitalized in Virginia.

Klobuchar said in a post on Medium that her husband was admitted to the hospital after he began coughing up blood and his oxygen levels registered low. He has developed pneumonia but is not on a ventilator. The National Law Journal, Law360 and the Minneapolis Star Tribune have stories.

Bessler has taught at the University of Baltimore since 2009 and became a tenured faculty member in 2014. He teaches courses in civil procedure, contracts, capital punishment, international human rights law and lawyering skills, according to his bio. He is also faculty adviser to the moot court program.

Bessler stopped teaching as soon as he started to feel sick, Klobuchar said.

The University of Baltimore told Law360 that the school closed March 13 and went online Monday, after spring break.

“When we learned this morning of Prof. Bessler’s official diagnosis, the news was shared with the entire UB community, and we reiterated best practices for anyone who is experiencing symptoms or who feels he or she may have been exposed at some point,” the school’s director of communications, Christine Stutz, told Law360 in an email.

Klobuchar said she and her husband were in different places for the last two weeks, so her doctor has not advised her to get a COVID-19 test.

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