A newly elected US congressman, Luke Letlow, has died shortly after contracting the COVID-19.
A post on Wednesday, on the Facebook page of the Republican politician read: “Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.”
The 41-year-old was admitted to the hospital on December 19 after testing positive. He was placed in intensive care three days later.
Governor of Louisiana, John Bel Edwards said he ordered flags to be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral, which is yet to be announced.
“Louisiana has lost more than 7,300 people to COVID-19 since March, and each one of them leaves a tremendous hole in our state,” Edwards said as he offered his condolences to the family of the congressman-elect.
Letlow, survived by his wife and two young children, was due to be sworn into office on Sunday following his recent electoral victory
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