Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with infection

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was hospitalized Friday and diagnosed with an infection, the court said Sunday.

The brief statement from the Supreme Court said Thomas was experiencing flu-like symptoms, but was feeling somewhat better and should be released soon.

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

“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,” the statement added.

Thomas’ medical issue is not related to COVID-10, court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe told The New York Times.

Even if Thomas is not present for some in-person oral arguments before the Supreme Court this week, he plans to stay involved in those cases.

“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 statement read.

The 73-year-old Thomas, who was nominated to the court more than three decades ago by then-Republican President George H.W. Bush, is also it’s longest-serving current member.

On social media, many people sent Thomas their well-wishes and prayers.

Please be in prayer for Justice Clarence Thomas,” Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton tweeted. 

Thomas is among the most conservative members of the U.S. Supreme Court, where conservative-leaning justices currently hold a 6-3 advantage,