The Supreme Court says Justice Clarence Thomas has finally been released from the hospital after a weeklong stay. 

After being treated for an infection at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C., Justice Thomas, 73, was released Friday, March 25, the Associated Press reported.

Clarence Thomas had been urgently hospitalized last Friday, March 18, for a respiratory ailment with flu-like symptoms.

After undergoing extensive tests to determine if he was Covid, the court said his tests came back negative.

Although it was initially thought he would only be hospitalized for two days after being treated with injectable antibiotics, he remained for a full week, but the Supreme Court did not explain the reasons.

The discharge of the conservative justice appointed by former President George W. Bush, who has been on the Supreme Court since 1991, comes a day after the completion of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings to confirm Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, following four days of intense questioning.

If confirmed, the Democratic judge will become the first black woman to sit on the U.S. high court, but her appointment will maintain the court’s current 6-3 conservative majority.

While Thomas was not at the court’s oral arguments on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Chief Justice John Roberts said he would participate in the consideration and resolution of the cases, based on court briefs and transcripts of the arguments.

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