According to the Mississippi State Department of Health, over 40 individuals at the Capitol including staff and legislators were diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly after they adjourned at the beginning of July.

One of those lawmakers is Representative Manly Barton. He has now been hospitalized.

In a post on Facebook by House Appropriations Chairman John Read, he asked people to join with him in prayer for Barton who had been sent to the hospital.

Barton is a Vietnam vet and resides on the coast with his wife Sarah. He has served in the Mississippi Legislature since 2012. He is a member of the Military Order Purple Heart, American Legion, VFW, NRA and East Central Civic Association. He also served as a Jackson County Supervisor for 12 years.

Others who have publicly disclosed their COVID diagnosis are Lt. Governor Delbert Hosemann and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

According to a spokesperson for Hosemann, “The Lieutenant Governor remains in quarantine and is working from home.”

Other legislators also called for prayers for Barton as he battles the virus.