A female in her 30s from Garland, Texas, died of COVID-19 in an airplane that was about to fly from Arizona to Texas on July 25, local health officials said over the weekend.
The woman passed away while the plane was still on the tarmac after supposedly experiencing severe breathing problems, according to local news station KXAS-TV and a report by Buzzfeed News. She was administered oxygen before she died and had hidden high-risk health conditions, per a news release from Dallas County Health and Human Services.
The airline company associated with the incident along with the identity of the female remain concealed for privacy reasons. The females death was announced on Sunday, along with 2 other formerly unreported coronavirus deaths.
Despite the woman passing away nearly 3 months earlier, Dallas County was just recently alerted that the cause of death was confirmed to be COVID-19.
” We dont understand a whole lot,” Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told regional news station WFAA. “We may not understand if she was aware she was sick.”
Jenkins included that this was a stark “reminder that there is no age limitation in COVID.” He criticized the loosening of coronavirus lockdown restrictions throughout Texas, including an executive order passed by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott in early October enabling bars to reopen at 50% capacity.
” What takes place with that is people hear that– they may not be going to a bar, but they believe its now safe to have good friends over to watch the Cowboys video game or do something else they wish to do,” Jenkins said. “We keep beating the gun, and it puts us back in a situation which injures public health and schools and companies.”
Since Monday, the state of Texas has actually seen over 828,500 validated coronavirus cases, with more than 17,000 casualties.
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