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Justice Clarence Thomas hospitalized with infection, Supreme Court says


He was admitted to hospital after experiencing flu-like symptoms.

Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized with an infection, the Supreme Court announced in a statement.

Thomas was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC on Friday evening after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Supreme Court spokeswoman Patricia McCabe said in a statement.

He was diagnosed with an infection after undergoing tests and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics, McCabe said. She did not give further details on the nature of the infection.

“His symptoms are easing, he is resting comfortably and he expects to be discharged from the hospital in a day or two,” McCabe said. “Judge Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of all matters for which he is not present based on the briefs, transcripts and audio of the oral arguments.”

After Justice Stephen Breyer, Thomas is the second-oldest Supreme Court justice at 73. He is the oldest curator.

Thomas has no known history of health issues and has been an aggressive participant in court proceedings for the past two years. He, along with the other eight justices, were vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, the court said.

The Court meets Monday at 10 a.m. for two weeks of oral argument. According to McCabe’s statement, it appears Thomas will not participate in remote arguments but will still vote in the cases.

On Monday, the Senate Judiciary Committee will begin a week of high-profile confirmation hearings for Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, the first black woman appointed to the United States Supreme Court in its 233-year history.

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