Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas remains hospitalized with an infection but didn’t test positive for COVID-19, the Supreme Court said on Monday.
The announcement came a day after the stunning revelation Thomas had been in the hospital since Friday while experiencing “flu-like symptoms.”
According to The Associated Press, the Supreme Court’s original announcement merely said that the 73-year-old justice’s “symptoms are abating” without confirming whether or not he’d tested positive for COVID-19.
On Monday, that was put to rest — but there’s still considerable speculation as to what is ailing Thomas, widely seen as the most consistent conservative vote on the high court.
“The court provided no additional information about the infection that put Thomas in the hospital other than to say he is responding to intravenous antibiotics,” the AP reported.
“There was no indication about the seriousness of the infection or what caused it, but the court said Sunday evening he was expected to be out in a day or two.”
He won’t be hearing arguments from his hospital bed; the court was scheduled to hear cases on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” the court said in its statement.
Thomas isn’t known to have any medical conditions, although Supreme Court justices have considerable sway over what elements of their health information are revealed and when they are revealed.
In 2020, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg only announced her cancer had returned and that she was undergoing chemotherapy four months after she was diagnosed. She would die in September.
That same year, Chief Justice John Roberts likewise didn’t disclose that he had spent a night in the hospital after he hit his head and received stitches.
Sunday was the first time since 2002 the court had released any information directly regarding Justice Thomas’ health via its website, which includes releases involving other justices’ health issues.
However, the court had previously noted all justices are vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19.