While there's no way to pinpoint exactly where he contracted the virus, Cain Trump's rally in Tulsa on June 20 and posted a photo of himself with others at the event, which showed him without a mask on. The Trump campaign surrogate is "resting comfortably" at a hospital in the Atlanta area, according to the statement, which described him as "awake and alert".
Herman Cain, 74, a former Republican presidential candidate who ran for nomination in 2012, was admitted to a hospital near Atlanta after contracting Covid-19. "Please join with us in praying for Mr. Cain, and for everyone who has contracted the coronavirus - as well as their families".More news: European police crack encrypted phones, arrest hundreds
"I realize people will speculate about the Tulsa rally, but Herman did a lot of traveling the past week, including to Arizona where cases are spiking", Dan Calabrese, who has been editor of HermanCain.com, wrote on the website. As of Thursday afernoon, he was in stable condition and not on a ventilator, the statement said.
Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said Cain did not meet with Trump in Tulsa.
The former pizza company executive has been an outspoken backer of the president and was named by the campaign as a co-chair of Black Voices for Trump.More news: Aamir Khan's staff test positive for coronavirus
Cain was diagnosed in 2006 with stage four colon cancer and given a 30 percent chance of survival but has been in remission since receiving chemotherapy treatments.
According to the Trump campaign, Cain did not meet with the president at the rally.
He was briefly considered a year ago by Trump for a seat on the Federal Reserve Board but dropped out when four Republican senators spoke against his nomination.More news: In Whiplash-Inducing Reversal, Abbott Requires Masks In COVID-Ravaged Texas