Supreme Court announces Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to the hospital Friday with an infection, the court said.

The Supreme Court’s Sunday news release announcing Thomas’ hospitalization did not provide many details.

However, it said that Thomas experienced “flue-like symptoms,” was being treated with antibiotics, and was expected to be released within a “day or two.”

“Justice Clarence Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., on Friday evening after experiencing flu-like symptoms,” the release said.

“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics. His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”

A Supreme Court spokesperson said Thomas’ hospitalization was unrelated to COVID-19.

“It is not COVID related. The Justice does not have COVID,” the spokesperson told CNN.

Meanwhile, Supreme Court Public Information Officer Patricia McCabe told The Washington Post that Thomas did not plan to participate remotely in oral arguments that he might miss while being hospitalized.

Oral arguments were scheduled to be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday.

According to The Associated Press, Chief Justice John Roberts on Monday noted Thomas’ absence, but did not go into further details.

“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 Supreme Court news release said.

Thomas, 73, is currently the second-oldest justice on the court, and the longest-serving. He was sworn into office in 1991 after being nominated by then-President George H.W. Bush.

Thomas is considered by many to the leader of the conservative wing of the court, which currently holds a 6-3 majority.