Louisiana Congressman-Elect Dies After Battling COVID-19

Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, who won a runoff earlier this month to represent Louisiana’s Baton Rouge area, died Tuesday from complications of COVID-19.

Letlow was set to be sworn in as U.S. representative for the state’s northeastern 5th congressional district on Jan. 3.

“The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time,” Andrew Bautsch, Letlow’s spokesman, said in a statement annoucing his death. “A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.”

Letlow announced that he had contracted COVID-19 on Dec. 18 and was hospitalized a day later. He kept his followers updated of his condition on social media. Days before his death, he was in intensive care at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., and was later transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health in Shreveport on Dec. 22.

Bautsch shared in a statement Dec. 23 that Letlow was in stable condition. He was receiving Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment, but Letlow’s condition worsened in recent days.

Full story over at NPR

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