SHERMAN, Texas (KFOR) – A member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives is being treated for COVID-19 at a Denison, Texas, hospital, according to a source.
The source, a member of the Oklahoma Legislature who asked to not be identified, told KFOR that Rep. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, is in the hospital after contracting COVID-19.
An employee of Texoma Medical Center in Denison confirmed to KFOR that a patient named Tommy Hardin is in the hospital and that he is in the Med Surge Unit.
The legislator who spoke with KFOR said members of the Oklahoma Legislature gathered on Wednesday evening to pray for Hardin’s health.
The source sent KFOR a copy of an email sent by Rep. Gerrid Kendrix, asking for people to gather and pray outside of Hardin’s office at the Oklahoma State House.
“I believe in the power of prayer and think a time of corporate prayer is certainly warranted,” Kendrix said in the email.
Hardin previously expressed his opposition to vaccine mandates.
He sent Gov. Kevin Stitt a letter six weeks ago, asking him to request businesses suspend mandatory vaccine requirements.
Hardin said in the letter that “these mandates violate a person’s rights.” He asked Stitt to “ask all businesses to place Covid-19 vaccine mandates on hold until they have fully discussed the reasons with the legislature and you.”
John Estus, Senior Advisor/Policy and Communications for the Office of the Speaker – Oklahoma House of Representatives, released the following statement to KFOR when asked about Hardin’s condition:
“The House has not been authorized to discuss anyone’s personal health information at this time.”
Hardin was elected to the House in 2011.