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NASHVILLE — State Rep. Mike Carter, hospitalized earlier this month after contracting the coronavirus, says he has been released from Erlanger Medical Center.

"I'm back at home and feeling better!" the Ooltewah Republican tweeted Wednesday. "Thank you again for your prayers, support, and encouragement!"

The Ooltewah Republican and former Hamilton County General Sessions Court judge was admitted to the hospital's intensive care unit on Aug. 16. He later said he had been exposed to COVID-19, tested positive, self quarantined and initially appeared asymptomatic.

But "then symptoms appeared and quickly worsened," Carter said.

Earlier this week, Carter announced he had been moved from intensive care to a regular hospital room, tweeting that he "can't thank the fantastic staff at Erlanger enough. Our community is lucky to have such a first rate hospital."

Carter was absent from the Aug. 10-12 special session of the General Assembly, where he had been expected to play a major role on a bill making it much harder for people to sue businesses, nursing homes, hospitals, nonprofits and others over COVID-19 claims.

(READ MORE: Private suitor met with Hamilton County mayor, former Sen. Corker before offer on Erlanger hospital)

Contact Andy Sher at asher@timesfreepress.com or 615-255-0550. Follow on Twitter @AndySher1.

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