In a statement by the Supreme Court, the 73-year-old conservative justice was admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, DC, on Friday evening.
“He underwent tests, was diagnosed with an infection, and is being treated with intravenous antibiotics,” the statement reads. “His symptoms are abating, he is resting comfortably, and he expects to be released from the hospital in a day or two.”
“Justice Thomas will participate in the consideration and discussion of any cases for which he is not present on the basis of the briefs, transcripts, and audio of the oral arguments,” the statement added.
For a long time, Clarence Thomas has been thought of as the conservative anchor of the nation's most prestigious court because of his unwavering conviction to originality, and is the longest-serving justice on the court; he was appointed in 1991.
Thomas's illness is occurring in a period when the Court's composition is currently receiving more public scrutiny due to the resignation of Justice Stephen Breyer, and this week's confirmation hearings for Breyer's possible successor, Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.