Republican congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died of COVID.
Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards wrote in a statement on Twitter,
“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.”
Letlow 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.
Dr. G.E. Ghali, the chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, said in a statement that Letlow was in
“stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit”
He was receiving the drug Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment.
Under Louisiana state law, a special election will now take place to elect someone to represent the state’s 5th Congressional District, which Letlow had carried in a runoff election earlier this month with 62% of the vote.
The district is heavily Republican and encompasses much of eastern Louisiana.
Luke Letlow was 41.
Louisiana’s newest Republican member of the U.S. House, Luke Letlow, has died from complications related to COVID-19 only days before being sworn into office. He was 41.https://t.co/LByxWgheaI— The Associated Press (@AP) December 30, 2020