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Chris Christie checks into hospital as a precaution after positive COVID-19 test

The former New Jersey governor, who suffers from asthma, said he decided in consultation with his doctor it was best to be monitored in the hospital.

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told CNN he checked himself into a hospital Saturday afternoon as a precautionary measure after announcing earlier in the day that he had tested positive for COVID-19.

Christie, who suffers from asthma, said in consultation with his doctor he decided it was best to be monitored in the hospital. He said he has a slight fever and is achy but felt well enough to drive himself to the hospital, Christie told CNN by phone from the hospital.

Though he said his breathing is fine, he started a course of the COVID-19 treatment remdesivir after being admitted, Christie said.

Christie, who helped President Donald Trump prepare for the first presidential debate earlier this week, announced on Twitter earlier Saturday that he had tested positive.

"I just received word that I am positive for COVID-19," Christie wrote. "I want to thank all of my friends and colleagues who have reached out to ask how I was feeling in the last day or two. I will be receiving medical attention today and will keep the necessary folks apprised of my condition."

Christie was among a group of senior Trump campaign staffers who were tested Friday following news of the president's positive diagnosis. On Friday, the former Republican governor had said, "I feel fine and have no symptoms," and noted that he was last tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday and the results had been negative.

Trump early Friday morning announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19, days after holding a Supreme Court nomination ceremony last Saturday for Judge Amy Coney Barrett and attending his first presidential debate against former Vice President Joe Biden in Cleveland on Tuesday. Trump was taken to Walter Reed medical center on Friday and will remain there for a few days.

Christie and a team of advisers held debate preparation sessions with Trump on Sunday and Monday at the White House. He told ABC News on Friday that no one was wearing masks in the room as they prepped the president.

Christie was also in the audience for Trump's Supreme Court announcement last weekend, where many guests were seen not wearing masks nor practicing social distancing.