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Justice Clarence Thomas in hospital since Friday with infection, court says

A court spokeswoman told CBS News that Justice Thomas does not have COVID-19.

WASHINGTON — Justice Clarence Thomas has been hospitalized because of an infection, the Supreme Court said Sunday. 

Thomas, 73, has been at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., since Friday after experiencing “flu-like symptoms,” the court said in a statement.

The court offered no explanation for why it waited two days to disclose that the justice was in the hospital.

It also provided no additional details about the infection, but said Thomas is being treated with antibiotics and his symptoms are abating.

He could released in the next couple of days, the court said.

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Associate Justice Clarence Thomas sits during a group photo at the Supreme Court in Washington, Friday, April 23, 2021. (Erin Schaff/The New York Times via AP, Pool)

The Supreme Court is meeting this week to hear arguments in four cases. Thomas plans to participate in the cases even if he misses the arguments, the court said.

Thomas has been on the court since 1991.

The news comes one day before the Senate begins confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson. She has been selected by President Joe Biden to succeed the retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates. 

Travis Pittman contributed to this report.

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