Dec. 29 (UPI) — Luke Letlow, who was elected to the U.S. Congress from Louisiana final month, died Tuesday evening from problems of COVID-19. He was 41.

The Republican congressman-elect died at Ochsner-LSU Well being Shreveport the place he had been within the intensive care unit since Dec. 22, his consultant Andrew Bautsch stated in an announcement, WDSU Information reported.

“The household appreciates the quite a few prayers and assist over the previous days however asks for privateness throughout this tough and surprising time,” Bautsch stated. “A press release from the household together with funeral preparations will probably be introduced at a later time.”

He’s the primary U.S. congressman or congressman-elect to die from COVID-19.

Letlow is survived by his spouse, Julia Barnhill Letlow, and their two younger kids.

Letlow, who was to be sworn-in on Sunday, introduced he had examined optimistic for the virus earlier than he was admitted to the St. Francis Medical Heart in Monroe on Dec. 19

Three days later, he was transferred to Shreveport, Bautsch stated.

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards provided his condolences to Letlow’s household by way of Twitter, asking the general public to wish for them.

“I’m heartbroken that he won’t be able to serve our individuals as a U.S. consultant, however I’m much more devastated for his loving household,” he stated.

“I’ve ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Congressman-elect Letlow’s funeral,” he stated.

The Louisiana Congressional Delegation issued an announcement saying they’re “devastated” to listen to of Letlow’s dying.

“Luke had such a optimistic spirit, and a tremendously brilliant future forward of him,” the assertion stated. “He was wanting ahead to serving the individuals of Louisiana in Congress, and we had been excited to welcome him to our delegation the place he was able to make a good larger influence on our state and our Nation. Greater than something, Luke was a loving husband, father, brother and son, and his household — like so many others who’ve been affected by this evil illness — wants our prayers.”

Speaker of the Home Nancy Pelosi stated in an announcement that the U.S. Home of Representatives was in mourning.

“Congressman-elect Letlow was a ninth technology Louisianan who fought passionately for his standpoint and devoted his life to public service,” she stated. “Might or not it’s a consolation to Luke’s spouse, Julia, and their kids Jeremiah and Jacqueline that so many mourn their loss and are praying for them at this unhappy time.”

In accordance with Govtrack.us, greater than 40 Home representatives have examined optimistic for the virus. Because the pandemic started, practically 338,561 individuals have died in the USA from COVID-19, a stay tracker of the virus by Johns Hopkins College confirmed late Tuesday.

Louisiana on Tuesday reported reported practically 4,000 infections for a complete of 304,485. Sixty-one deaths had been additionally reported prior to now 24 hours, lifting the quantity of people that have misplaced their lives to the virus within the state to 7,397, in accordance with the Louisiana Division of Well being.

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