Arizona State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra

Arizona State Rep. Lorenzo Sierra, who lives in Avondale and represents District 19, was admitted to an East Coast hospital over the weekend due to COVID-19 symptoms. He traveled there with his wife.

Arizona State Rep. Lorezno Sierra was in an East Coast hospital due to COVID-19.

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

According to a post on Sierra’s Facebook page, Lorenzo was traveling and went into a Washington, D.C., hospital Oct. 4 “with complications due to COVID-19. Today (Oct. 5), Rep. Sierra was transferred to the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is intubated and resting comfortably while receiving treatment.”

The post noted that “Lorenzo’s wife, Rhonda, continues to recover from her own diagnosis of COVID-19 and is resting with family in Washington, D.C.”

On Sept. 29, Sierra made a series of tweets: “On Sunday, Sept. 27, my wife and I exhibited symptoms of COVID-19 while visiting family in Washington D.C. My wife tested positive while being treated at a local ER. I am awaiting my test results, but have been advised to assume it is positive until officially diagnosed. 

“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.

According to Sierra’s campaign site, “Lorenzo’s vision includes increasing investment in public education, continuing to create good jobs and bringing in more resources that help our communities thrive.”

Prior to representing District 19, Sierra was an Avondale councilman from 2015 to 2019.

His campaign website describes him: “The son of a Vietnam veteran and copper miner, Lorenzo came up through the public school system in Tucson’s impoverished Sunnyside School District. He was the first in his family to make it to—and through—college, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from Arizona State University.”

Bill Gates of of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors was one of many wishing Sierra well on social media. “Praying for you and hoping we get to play a round of golf when you recover,” Gates tweeted.