Condition, location of state lawmaker with COVID-19 unknown

<p><p>Associated Press</p></p><p><p>BELLINGHAM – No information has been made available for weeks about the location or condition of Republican state Sen. Doug Ericksen of Ferndale, since he was reportedly in a Florida hospital being treated for COVID-19.</p></p><p><p>Ericksen wrote to legislative colleagues in November saying he tested positive for COVID-19 in El Salvador and needed monoclonal antibodies.</p></p><p><p>He arranged a medevac flight from El Salvador that weekend, former state Rep. Luanne Van Werven said.</p></p><p><p>Van Werven said the next week that Ericksen was recovering at a Florida hospital. Van Werven <a href=”https://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/politics-government/article256465666.html”>told</a> the Bellingham Herald on Friday she had no new information and it would be best to contact Ericksen’s family.</p></p><p><p>The newspaper has tried multiple times to reach the family.</p></p><p><p>Ericksen’s legislative staff members told the newspaper that they can’t comment.</p></p><p><p>Ericksen has been critical of continuing state measures aimed at limiting the spread of COVID-19, including business closures, social distancing and masking. His vaccination status has been unknown.</p></p><p><p>While Ericksen has been away, several parts of his 42nd Legislative District in Whatcom County were hit by catastrophic flooding that damaged around 1,900 homes, businesses and other buildings.</p></p><p><p>His legislative counterparts, Rep. Alicia Rule, D-Blaine, and Rep. Sharon Shewmake, D-Bellingham, have helped with cleanup efforts and have promised aid to the flood-stricken communities of Everson, Nooksack and Sumas.</p></p>