Arizona State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra

Arizona State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, who lives in Avondale and represents District 19, catches a ride from an East Coast hospital with his wife, Rhonda Cagle.

After being on a ventilator in an East Coast hospital, Arizona State Rep. Lorezno Sierra of Avondale quickly rebounded and was discharged.

“I can confirm: COVID is no joke,” Sierra tweeted.

“Thank you to all who sent good thoughts and prayers.”

Sierra lives in the Cashion area of Avondale and represents Legislative District 19.

He and his wife, Rhonda Cagle, were visiting family when both became sick.

Cagle called his recovery “nothing short of a miracle.”

“My wife and I both tested negative for the virus prior to our travels,” Sierra tweeted. “Despite taking extensive precautions at all times, we somehow became infected. This goes to show that COVID-19 is highly contagious. Rhonda and I urge everyone to wear masks when in public, practice physical distancing, and frequent handwashing and sanitizing to remain as safe as possible.”

Sierra, a Democrat, is unopposed on the ballot as he runs for reelection. (Diego Espinoza, the other District 19 representative, also is not opposed on the ballot.)

State Sen. Lupe Contreras of District 19 tested positive for COVID-19 in April. He recovered at his Avondale home.