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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — Chula Vista City Councilman Steve Padilla, who announced last week that he tested positive for coronavirus, has been admitted to a hospital’s intensive care unit, his daughter said Thursday.

Padilla was admitted to UCSD Thornton Hospital ICU, where he is receiving additional treatment including a respirator to aid with difficulty breathing, his daughter Ashleigh said in a statement.

“My father asked me to pass on a message: Everyone needs to take COVID-19 seriously.  Please follow the advice of our public health professionals to reduce spread of the virus and take precautions to keep your families and our community safe.”