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Congressman-elect Luke Letlow dies after battling Covid-19


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#Luke #Letlow, R-Start, chief of staff to exiting U.S. #Rep. #Ralph #Abraham, speaks after signing up to run for #Louisiana’s 5th #Congressional #District, on #July 22, 2020, in #Baton #Rouge, #La.

#Congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow, a #Republican, has died after being diagnosed with #Covid-19, CNN confirmed #Tuesday night.

#In a statement released on #Twitter, #Louisiana #Democratic #Gov. #John #Bel #Edwards wrote, “It is with heavy hearts that @FirstLadyOfLA and I offer our condolences to #Congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow’s family on his passing after a battle with COVID-19.”

#Two #Republican sources also confirmed #Letlow’s passing to CNN.

The #News-Star in #Monroe, #Louisiana, was first to report #Letlow’s death.

#Letlow, 41, had announced his diagnosis on his #Facebook page on #December 18, writing that he was “at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.”

#Days later, #Letlow posted that he was undergoing treatment at #St. #Francis #Hospital in #Monroe before a statement from his office on #December 23 said he had been transferred to #Ochsner LSU #Heath #Shreveport #Academic #Medical #Center.

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#Dr. G.E. #Ghali, the chancellor of LSU #Health #Shreveport, said in a statement at the time that #Letlow was in “stable condition in the #Intensive #Care #Unit” and was receiving the drug #Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment.

#News of #Letlow’s death was met with an immediate outpouring of support for the congressman-elect’s family.

“Luke #Letlow is now with our #Creator, but his premature departure from this world is a huge loss to #Louisiana and #America. #Just weeks ago, voters overwhelmingly chose #Luke to represent them in #Congress,” #Rep. #Garret #Graves, a #Republican of #Louisiana, tweeted.

“They saw what so many of us know of #Luke – kind, smart, quick-witted, #God-fearing, hard-working, honest and just a good guy.”

#That message was echoed by #New #Orleans #Mayor #LaToya #Cantrell, a #Democrat, who said in a tweet, “We are heartbroken to learn of the passing of #Congressman-elect #Luke #Letlow.”

“He was a promising young leader who loved #Louisiana deeply. #Our prayers go out to his family and loved ones.”

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#Louisiana GOP #Sen. #John #Kennedy similarly tweeted that he was “heartbroken” by the news.

“For years, #Luke has served LA tirelessly. #More than that, #Luke was a loving husband and father,” #Kennedy said. “Please join us in praying for the #Letlow family during this time of incredible loss.”

#December is already the country’s deadliest month since the pandemic began.

The #United #States reported 124,686 coronavirus patients in hospitals #Tuesday, the most reported on a given day during the pandemic, according to the #Covid #Tracking #Project.

The country’s proportion of ICU patients who have coronavirus also has shot up, from 16% in #September to 40% last week, according to the US #Department of #Health and #Human #Services.





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