US Supreme Court Justice Thomas in hospital for an infection

WASHINGTON — U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas checked into a Washington hospital on Friday after experiencing flu-like symptoms and was diagnosed with an infection, the Supreme Court announced Sunday.

Thomas, 73, was being treated with intravenous antibiotics, his symptoms were improving and he expected to be released from Sibley Memorial Hospital in a day or two, the court said in a statement.

The Supreme Court, which is set to meet on Monday, said Thomas would participate in the review of the cases through briefs, transcripts, and audio of the arguments.

A court official earlier said all nine justices were fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and received booster doses.

A guard and one of only two black men to serve in the Supreme Court, Thomas is the longest-serving judge now. The Supreme Court has a 6-3 turnout, including three judges nominated by former President Joe Biden and Republican nominee Donald Trump.

President George H.W. appointed Thomas. Bush in 1991 to fill the vacancy created by the retired Supreme Court of liberal Justice Thurgood Marshall, the first black judge to serve.

Separately, hearings will begin Monday for Biden-nominated federal appeals judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to become the first black woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Biden chose her to replace Stephen Breyer, 83, who is retiring and is the highest-ranking judge on the current court.

Thomas spoke on March 11 in Utah and raised concerns about calls to add additional members to the court, explaining how the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted the court to hold arguments remotely.

“Save yourself by asking where we are associating and disrupting myself I do not like. Now it is more productive. These arguments help in the process of deciding the case against what is happening, which it was almost like chaos, “Thomas said, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.