Mayor Catherine Pugh has been hospitalized with pneumonia, according to multiple reports.
She was admitted to Johns Hopkins Hospital on Sunday night, adviser Greg Tucker told The Sun, and is being held for observation.
The mayor’s office released a statement this morning confirming the diagnosis and saying Pugh has been instructed by her doctor to rest for several days. All of the public appearances on the mayor’s schedule have been cancelled until further notice.
Pugh did not appear at the Board of Estimates hearing last week and also did not hold her weekly press conference. She did, however, appear in Annapolis alongside former mayors Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, Martin O’Malley and Kurt Schmoke to ask the Legislative Black Caucus to endorse keeping the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course.
The mayor’s illness comes amid the fallout of “self-dealing” among members of the University of Maryland Medical System board of directors, including Pugh, who reportedly received $500,000 for children’s books she wrote to promote youth fitness.
The mayor resigned from the board on March 18.