Newly Elected Louisiana Congressman Dies of Coronavirus at Age 41

Newly Elected Louisiana Congressman Dies of Coronavirus at Age 41

Republican Luke Letlow tested positive for coronavirus on December 19, leaving behind his wife and two children. President Joe Biden aims for one million vaccines a day.

Luke Letlow, a Republican congressman, elected in Louisiana on November 3 in the United States House, died Tuesday night of complications related to Covid-19, a few days before being sworn in. He was 41 years old. Letlow spokesman Andrew Bautsch confirmed the death of the elected Congressman at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport. Announcing the would-be congressman's death, Spokesman Andrew Bautsch said in a statement that the family thanks for the numerous prayers and support over the past days but asked for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time. "The family appreciates the numerous prayers and support in the last few days, but asks for privacy during this difficult and unexpected time," Bautsch said in a statement. And she added: "A statement from the family along with funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time."

The eight-member congressional delegation from Louisiana called Letlow's death "devastating." Doctors reported that the politician did not have any previous health conditions or medical conditions that would put him at greater risk for Covid-19. Letlow leaves behind his wife, Julia, and two children.

Meanwhile, President-elect Joe Biden is aiming for a million vaccines against Covid-19 a day. The new administration announced this goal to the press from Wilmington, Delaware. Biden called the plan ambitious but feasible if Congress allocates the necessary funds.