(CNN) – Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, a Republican from Louisiana, has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19, CNN confirmed Tuesday evening.
In a statement posted on Twitter, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards wrote: “It is with a heavy heart that @FirstLadyOfLA and I extend our condolences to the family of Congressman-Elect Luke Letlow for his death after battling COVID-19.”
Two Republican sources also confirmed Letlow’s handover to CNN.
The Monroe, Louisiana news star first reported on Letlow’s death.
Letlow, 41, announced his diagnosis on his Facebook page on December 18, stating that he was “resting at home and following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols and the recommendations of my doctors.”
Days later, Letlow announced that he was being treated at St. Francis Hospital in Monroe before a Dec. 23 statement from his office said he had been transferred to the Ochsner LSU Heath Shreveport academic medical center.
Dr. GE Ghali, Chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, said in a statement at the time that Letlow was in “stable condition” in intensive care and had been receiving the drug remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment.
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