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 help over the previous days however asks for privateness throughout this tough and sudden 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 constructive for the virus earlier than he was admitted to the St. Francis Medical Middle in Monroe on Dec. 19

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

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards supplied his condolences to Letlow’s household through Twitter, asking the general public to wish for them.

“I’m heartbroken that he won’t be able to serve our folks 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 loss of life.

“Luke had such a constructive spirit, and a tremendously vivid future forward of him,” the assertion stated. “He was wanting ahead to serving the folks of Louisiana in Congress, and we have been excited to welcome him to our delegation the place he was able to make a fair larger affect 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. “Could 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 line with Govtrack.us, greater than 40 Home representatives have examined constructive for the virus. For the reason that pandemic started, almost 338,561 folks have died in america from COVID-19, a reside tracker of the virus by Johns Hopkins College confirmed late Tuesday.

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

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