Lawmaker with ‘long COVID’ suffers medical issue on Minnesota Senate floor
Senators were in the midst of debating the GOP-led chamber’s Health and Human Services bill when a recess was called for a medical situation.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Senate took a brief unplanned recess Tuesday after Burnsville Sen. Lindsey Port suffered an undisclosed medical issue on the chamber floor.
Port, a Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party member in her first term, was taken to nearby Regions Hospital for what she called a “full and thorough examination.”
“I am in stable condition and expect to be discharged soon,” Port said in a statement Tuesday afternoon.
“As I recently revealed publicly, I am living with the effects of long COVID, and medical professionals are currently evaluating to see if that is the reason for this incident,” she wrote. “I want to thank the quick and professional action taken by my Senate colleagues, Senate staff, and the medical professionals who attended to me.”
Long COVID affects as many as 30 percent of people who catch the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-19. Symptoms include fatigue, brain fog, dizziness and shortness of breath.
Senators were in the midst of debating the GOP-led chamber’s Health and Human Services bill when a recess was called for a medical situation. Debate resumed about 15 minutes later and the bill was eventually approved with a 61-5 vote.