PALMDALE — Assemblyman Tom Lackey, R-Palmdale, has been hospitalized since Sunday for COVID-19 complications.
“He’s receiving excellent treatment at the Palmdale Regional Medical Center. We’re anticipating a full recover at this point,” Chief of Staff George Andrews said.
The state Assembly was scheduled to return to work on Monday. However, the Assembly delayed its session after Lackey, Assemblywoman Autumn Burke, D-Marina Del Rey and six state Assembly employees tested positive for COVID-19.
Lackey, 61, represents the 36th Assembly District, which includes the Antelope and Santa Clarita valleys.
“Our constituent services are operational,” Andrews said. “So if there’s any need that any constituent needs they can contact us. Nothing has changed on that front.”
Sacramento has stringent measures in place to assure the safety of legislators and state employees.
“You’re only allowed in the Capitol if you have a committee hearing and/or floor session,” State Sen. Scott Wilk said.
In addition, lawmakers are allowed only one committee staffer to be with them when they are in the Capitol.
“We wear masks at all times,” Wilk said.
Wilk, R-Santa Clarita, is in frequent contact with Lackey. After Lackey tested positive for COVID-19, he contacted Wilk, who lives with two medically fragile people.
Wilk was tested twice for COVID-19. Both tests came back negative. Wilk also self-isolated for two more days.
“I followed all the protocols that the doctor recommended,” Wilk said.
The Legislature is now scheduled to return to work on July 27. The Legislature is at the end of a two-year session. Under the state constitution, it has to adjourn by midnight Aug. 31.
“It’s going to be a pretty busy time. We’re going to have a lot to do in a short amount of time,” Wilk said.