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Ginsburg Hospitalized for Possible Infection, Resting Comfortably (1)

July 14, 2020, 9:37 PMUpdated: July 14, 2020, 10:04 PM

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was hospitalized for a possible infection after experiencing fever and chills, the U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday.

Ginsburg is now resting comfortably and will stay in the hospital for a few days to receive intravenous antibiotic treatment, the court said of the 87-year-old justice and four-time cancer survivor.

The justice was admitted to The Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland early on Tuesday morning, the court said. She was initially evaluated at Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C.

Ginsburg underwent an endoscopic procedure at Johns Hopkins Tuesday afternoon to clean out a bile duct stent that was placed last August, the court said. The stent was placed as part of treatment for a tumor on her pancreas.

“The tumor was treated definitively and there is no evidence of disease elsewhere in the body,” the court said at the time.

Ginsburg, who is the second longest serving justice currently serving on the court, has said that she’ll continue to do the job as long as she can do it “full steam.”

In January 2019 she missed her first oral argument in more than 25 years on the high court bench. Most recently, she heard oral arguments from the hospital during the court’s historic remote arguments in May.

But Ginsburg has fought illness before, including early-stage pancreatic cancer, colon cancer, and surgery to remove cancerous growths on her lungs.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has previously indicated that the Senate would attempt to fill any Supreme Court vacancy before President Donald Trump ends his first term, if necessary.

(Updates with details of Ginsburg's health history.)

To contact the reporters on this story: Jordan S. Rubin in Washington at jrubin@bloomberglaw.com; Kimberly Strawbridge Robinson in Washington at krobinson@bloomberglaw.com

To contact the editors responsible for this story: John Crawley at jcrawley@bloomberglaw.com; Tom P. Taylor at ttaylor@bloomberglaw.com; Seth Stern at sstern@bloomberglaw.com

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