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Former 2012 GOP presidential contender Herman Cain hospitalized following positive coronavirus test

Cain has not needed a respirator and "is awake and alert" according to a statement posted on Twitter

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Herman Cain in November 2019
Herman Cain in November 2019
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Updated: July 2, 2020 - 4:21pm

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Conservative commentator and one-time Republican presidential primary candidate Herman Cain has contracted the coronavirus and is being treated at a hospital.

A statement posted Thursday on Cain's Twitter account explained that Cain on Monday learned that he had tested positive – he entered the hospital later in the week and has not needed a respirator.

"By Wednesday, July 1, Mr. Cain had developed symptoms serious enough that he required hospitalization. He spent the past night in the hospital and as of today, Thursday, July 2, he is resting comfortably in an Atlanta-area hospital. Mr. Cain did not require a respirator, and he is awake and alert," a statement posted on Twitter explains.

"There is no way of knowing for sure how or where Mr. Cain contracted the coronavirus, but we do know he is a fighter who has beaten Stage 4 cancer," the statement says.

Media outlets, including NBC News, have noted that Cain recently attended President Trump's June 20 Tulsa, Oklahoma rally.

According to data from Johns Hopkins University, there have been more than 2.7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. and more than 128,000 deaths.