Friday, 25 December 2020

Republican Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, is moved to ICU less than a week after testing positive for COVID-19

 Republican Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, has been admitted to the ICU less than a week after announcing he had tested positive for COVID-19

The father-of-two told supporters on Twitter on December 18 that he had the virus. He has since tweeted multiple times asking people to donate plasma if they have it.  

On Wednesday, his representative took over his account to publish a statement after he was moved into the ICU as a result of his worsening condition. 

Dr G.E. Ghali, Chancellor of the hospital where he was being treated, said he was in a stable condition and was being given Remdesivir and steroids, which is the same treatment Trump was given. 

It's unclear if Letlow is on a ventilator or not.

It is also unclear if he has any pre-existing conditions that might make him more at risk of the virus and its symptoms.  


In the statement, his representative said: 'Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has been transferred from St Francis Medical Center in Monroe, LA, to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center as he continues to undergo treatment for COVID-19.

Letlow and his wife Julia with their two young children in a recent photo they used for their Thanksgiving card

Letlow and his wife Julia with their two young children in a recent photo they used for their Thanksgiving card

'The Letlow family is deeply appreciative of the medical team at St. Francis Medical Center for their fantastic care and is thankful for all of the prayers and support they continue to receive.' 

Letlow held multiple campaign events including meet-and-greets where people did not wear masks but appeared to be standing 6ft part. 

On other occasions while campaigning, he did wear a mask. 

On December 18, he tweeted his diagnosis, saying: 'Thank you to everyone for your kind words and prayers. I have tested positive for COVID-19. 

'I’m at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.'

It's unclear if any of his family has the virus. Letlow is married with two young children. 

Letlow and his family in November, casting their votes at a local elementary school

Letlow and his family in November, casting their votes at a local elementary school

The Congressman-elect sometimes wore a mask when out  and campaigning, sometimes he didn't

The Congressman-elect sometimes wore a mask when out  and campaigning, sometimes he didn't 

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