Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Walnut Creek, is now in critical condition as of Saturday following his hospitalization last week to treat complications of pneumonia from a traumatic rib fracture that occurred in a fall during a run.
The congressman’s office had said on Monday that he was in serious but stable condition. The hospital later confirmed he tested negative for the Covid-19 coronavirus that has led to pneumonia-like symptoms in patients.
His chief of staff Betsy Arnold Marr said:
“Unfortunately, Congressman DeSaulnier’s condition has deteriorated and he is in critical condition. The doctors are doing everything they can to care for the Congressman. Mark’s family and staff appreciate your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”
DeSaulnier, an avid runner who has completed 21 marathons, was already a survivor of chronic lymphocytic leukemia and founded the Congressional Cancer Survivors Caucus. He was first elected to Congress in 2014 after serving in the state Legislature, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors and the Concord City Council.