Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera hospitalized with infection

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Colorado Lieutenant Gov. Dianne Primavera during a Thanksgiving event at the Governor’s Mansion in Denver, Nov. 20, 2023.

Updated at 7:21 a.m. on Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Lt. Gov. Dianna Primavera was released from the hospital Monday, according to her office.

"While I had different plans in mind for Memorial Day weekend, I’m grateful for the doctors, nurses, and staff who provided me with incredible care during my treatment for an unexpected infection," said Primavera in a statement. "I came home today in good spirits and filled with gratitude."

Colorado Lt. Gov. Dianne Primavera was hospitalized Wednesday night with an infection, according to state officials. Primavera remained under medical care on Thursday morning but planned to continue working, the governor’s office said in a statement.

“Lt. Governor Primavera is one of the strongest and toughest people I know and we are glad she is taking extra caution and getting the care she deserves so she can return to her role as the best Lt. Governor in the country as soon as possible. I was not surprised when I learned that she plans to continue working today,” Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement on Thursday morning.

Later in the day, the governor’s office said that Primavera had an arm infection “that resulted from a previous cancer treatment procedure from years ago.” She was expected to remain in the hospital for monitoring on Thursday night and hoped to return home Friday morning.

Colorado’s lieutenant governor is elected on a ticket alongside the governor. She is the first person in line to succeed the governor. Primavera also heads several state offices on topics like health care, disabilities and more.

Editor's note: This article was updated May 23, 2024 with further information.