Fenster's next hearing is scheduled for next week, according to his brother, Bryan Fenster.
His family wanted to raise awareness about his detention and call for his immediate release on humanitarian grounds.
Danny Fenster told his lawyer in July that he believed he had COVID-19, but prison authorities denied he was infected. The Fensters say they have not spoken to Danny since Aug. 1. During that conversation, they came to believe that he had indeed contracted the coronavirus.
“He still was having some brain fog, loss of sense of taste and smell, some fatigue,” mother Rose Fenster said, adding that her son has not been vaccinated against COVID-19.
The U.S. government and press freedom associations have been pushing for Danny Fenster's release.
“It's 100 days, and he's not home, which is frustrating,” Bryan Fenster said Tuesday. “But we know that at the highest levels this is a top priority. And resources are being used to secure his release."
Michigan Rep. Andy Levin said he is in regular contact with the U.S. State Department and the Fenster family, whom he represents in Congress. The Democrat from suburban Detroit predicted that Fenster eventually will be freed.
“We will get Danny out, because the Fenster family will not give up," Levin said.
The National Press Club announced Monday that Danny Fenster will receive the 2021 John Aubuchon Press Freedom Award, which recognizes journalists who bravely push to disclose the truth in trying circumstances.
This story has been corrected to show that in the quote by Buddy Fenster, he said the family wouldn’t stop until they “get” him home, not “bring,” and to show that in the quote by Andy Levin, he referred to the “Fenster family” not the “Fensters.”