Louisiana congressman-elect in intensive care after COVID-19 diagnosis

Louisiana congressman-elect in intensive care after COVID-19 diagnosis
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Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-La.), who was hospitalized for COVID-19 on Saturday, has been transferred to an intensive care unit (ICU) in Louisiana, a spokesperson for Letlow confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday.

The congressman-elect is now in stable condition in the ICU at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport, La. He is receiving the antiviral medication remdesivir and steroids to help combat the virus, according to G.E. Ghali, chancellor of the Shreveport Academic Medical Center.

Letlow tested positive for the coronavirus on Friday and was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La., the following day as a "precaution," according to Andrew Bautsch, a spokesman for the Louisiana Republican.


Letlow won the Pelican State's 5th District seat during the Dec. 5 runoff race. 

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In a statement released on Wednesday by Bautsch, the spokesman said that Letlow and his family deeply appreciate the medical care he has gotten and are "thankful for all of the prayers and support they continue to receive."