” Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, died this night at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to issues from COVID-19,” Letlow representative Andrew Bautsch composed in a post on the Republican congressman-elect’s Facebook page.
Letlow’s household, he stated, “values the various prayers and assistance over the previous days however requests personal privacy throughout this hard and unforeseen time.”
Letlow had actually revealed his medical diagnosis on his Facebook page on December 18, composing that he was “in the house resting, following all CDC standards, quarantine procedures, and the suggestions of my medical professionals.”
Days later on, Letlow published that he was going through treatment at St. Francis Medical Facility in Monroe prior to a declaration from his workplace on December 23 stated he had actually been moved to Ochsner LSU Heath Shreveport Academic Medical Center.
Dr. G.E. Ghali, the chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, stated in a declaration at the time that Letlow remained in “steady condition in the Intensive Care System” and was getting the drug Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment.
News of Letlow’s death was consulted with an instant profusion of assistance for the congressman-elect’s household.
” Luke Letlow is now with our Developer, however his early departure from this world is a big loss to Louisiana and America. Simply weeks earlier, citizens extremely selected Luke to represent them in Congress,” Rep. Attic Graves, a Republican Politician of Louisiana, tweeted.
” They saw what many people understand of Luke – kind, wise, quick-witted, God-fearing, hard-working, sincere and simply a hero.”
That message was echoed by New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell, a Democrat, who stated in a tweet, “We are sad to discover of the death of Congressman-elect Luke Letlow.”
” He was an appealing young leader who liked Louisiana deeply. Our prayers head out to his household and liked ones.”
Louisiana GOP Sen. John Kennedy likewise tweeted that he was “sad” by the news.
” For many years, Luke has actually served LA relentlessly. More than that, Luke was a caring spouse and daddy,” Kennedy stated. “Please join us in wishing the Letlow household throughout this time of extraordinary loss.”
The Republican Politician Celebration of Louisiana likewise applauded Letlow as a “increasing political star and a buddy” in a declaration Tuesday night.
Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards bought that flags in the state be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral service.
Under Louisiana state law, an unique election will now occur to choose somebody to represent the state’s fifth Congressional District, which Letlow had actually brought in an overflow election previously this month with 62% of the vote. The district is greatly Republican and includes much of eastern Louisiana.
The United States reported 124,686 coronavirus clients in health centers Tuesday, the most reported on a provided day throughout the pandemic, according to the Covid Tracking Task.
The nation’s percentage of ICU clients who have coronavirus likewise has actually soared, from 16% in September to 40% recently, according to the United States Department of Health and Person Solutions.
This story has actually been upgraded with extra response and reporting on Letlow’s death.
CNN’s Alli Gordon added to this report.