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Brigid Callahan Harrison with her husband, Paul Meilak. Photo courtesy of Facebook.

Harrison husband recovers from coronavirus

Paul Meilak released from hospital

By David Wildstein, May 04 2020 4:28 pm

The husband of Democratic congressional candidate Brigid Callahan Harrison has recovered from COVID-19 and has been released from the hospital.

Paul Meilak, a retired New York City police detective, had tested positive for COVID-19 in mid-March and was hospitalized last month after developing a fever and experiencing significant breathing issues and is receiving treatment.

Harrison was asymptomatic and remained at her home in Longport.

“For weeks, I’ve listened to those impacted during this crisis – COVID patients, healthcare workers, and so many families whose lives were upended by this pandemic,” she said.  “Hearing from them has shaped my outlook but nothing could have prepared me for this virus to impact my own family directly.”

Harrison is seeking the Democratic nomination to challenge Rep. Jeff Van Drew (R-Dennis) in New Jersey’s 2nd district.

“While I’m immensely grateful for the support we’ve received and the positive outcome for Paul, my heart still goes out to all of those suffering,” Harrison said.  “My experience has reinforced my belief that we deserve better from Washington.”

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