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Tennessee lawmaker hospitalized as he battles coronavirus

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Rep. Mike Carter
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee state lawmaker who was criticized for not wearing a mask at a Republican dinner party has been hospitalized, and colleagues say he's battling the coronavirus.

Rep. Mike Carter tweeted Monday morning that he's feeling better but expects ups and downs during his recovery.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press cited colleagues in reporting that Carter was in the intensive care unit on Sunday at Erlanger hospital.

Carter posted a photo of himself with U.S. Senate nominee Bill Hagerty at the dinner, neither wearing a mask.

Carter later tweeted in response to criticism that guidelines don’t require mask-wearing while dining. 

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