New information has become available about the
status of iconic civil rights leader Reverend Jesse
Jackson health. If you recall, last week, we reported
via AP that Jesse and his wife Jacqueline were
hospitalized after testing positive for COVID-19.
Today Rev. Jackson’s son, Jonathan released a
statement through his father’s Instagram page. In the
statement, he shared that his father has been
transferred to The Shirley Ryan Ability Lab in
Chicago, a rehabilitation facility, where he will begin
therapy to treat his Parkinson’s disease immediately.
Rev. Jackson was diagnosed with the nervous system
disorder in 2015 and revealed it to the public in 2017.
Jonathan shared that his father’s condition has come
more “in focus” as his COVID-19 symptoms have
dissipated. Jacqueline on the other hand has been
transferred to the intensive care unit inside of
Northwestern Memorial Hospital. However, she is
not on a ventilator but is receiving oxygen treatments
to help her be able to breathe on her own.
According to The Associated Press, Rev. Jackson was
fully vaccinated prior to contracting COVID-19, but
Jacqueline was not due to a pre-existing condition.
Sources report that in most cases, public health
experts still encourage individuals with existing
health conditions, like cancer or diabetes, should still
get vaccinated due to the increased risk for severe
illness. As the statement continued, Jonathan
thanked everyone for their prayers. “We continue to
receive the love that is being poured out to our family
from around the world and it is greatly appreciated,
as we express our love and concern for the millions
of people who have been victimized by the COVID-19
virus and its variants,” Jonathan said.
“We know this is a dangerous disease so please
remain prayerful for all of those who are suffering as
a result.” Before ending the statement, he urged
everyone to become vaccinated. Everyone let’s
continue to keep Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jacqueline
in out prayers. We’re wishing them a speedy
recovery! Prayers up for the Jacksons.