District 5 Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died after being diagnosed with Covid-19, his spokesman confirmed Tuesday evening.
On December 18th, Letlow announced via his Facebook page that he tested positive for COVID-19 and was “at home resting, following all CDC guidelines, quarantine protocols, and the recommendations of my doctors.” Letlow was later admitted into a Monroe hospital on December 19th after his symptoms worsened. He was then transferred to Ochsner-LSU Health on Tuesday, December 22nd, where he was placed in intensive care. Dr. G.E. Ghali, the chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, said in a statement at the time that Letlow was in “stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit” and was receiving the drug Remdesivir and steroids as part of his treatment.
According to a post on the Republican congressman-elect’s Facebook page, “Congressman-elect Luke Letlow, 41, passed away this evening at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport due to complications from COVID-19.”
“Luke had a servants’ heart and a passion for the people of District 5 and all of Louisiana. His life was dedicated and committed to making a better future for our state and our country!”
-Louisiana Loggers Association Executive Director Toni McAllister.
“Luke has been a great friend not only to my family but to the logging and agriculture business’ in Louisiana for a long time. I have always respected and admired his love for the people of Louisiana. We definitely lost one of the great ones. Please pray for Julia and his family.”
-Winn Parish Police Jury President Josh McAllister
Letlow, who served as chief of staff to former Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-La.) before being elected to fill that seat, was supposed to be sworn into Congress on Sunday. Louisiana Democratic Gov. John Bel Edwards ordered that flags in the state be flown at half-staff on the day of Letlow’s funeral.
Letlow is survived by his wife, Julia Barnhill Letlow, PhD., and two young children.
This story is developing and will be updated when more information is available.