Newly elected Republican representative hospitalized for worsening COVID-19 infection

An incoming member of the House Republican caucus may have to delay his travel plans to Washington, D.C. after reportedly testing positive for the coronavirus and being hospitalized after his symptoms worsened ahead of the holidays.

Rep.-elect Luke Letlow (R-LA) was admitted to a hospital in Monroe last Saturday morning after testing positive for COVID-19 on Friday, only to then be transferred to an intensive care unit at a hospital in Shreveport later in the week, The Hill reported.

The news of Letlow’s hospitalization was confirmed by the congressman-elect’s spokesman, who said he was in stable condition.

Initially quarantined at home

Monroe’s News-Star reported last Friday that Letlow had tested positive for the virus and would be quarantined at home.

His spokesman Andrew Bautch said in a statement, “He is at home resting, following all (Centers for Disease Control) guidelines, quarantine protocols and the recommendations of his doctor.”

Letlow, 40, won a special Dec. 5 runoff election for Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District against another Republican candidate to take over the seat from retiring Rep. Ralph Abraham (R-LA), for whom Letlow once worked as chief of staff.

According to The Hill, however, the plan to quarantine at home was short-lived as Letlow was checked into the St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe on Saturday morning as a “precaution.”

Moved to ICU

On Wednesday, Letlow’s spokesman issued a public statement providing an update on the congressman-elect’s ongoing battle with the virus, Breitbart reported. “Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has been transferred from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center in Shreveport as he continues to undergo treatment for COVID-19,” Bautch wrote in a statement posted on Twitter.

The spokesman added, “The Letlow family is deeply appreciative of the medical team at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe for their fantastic care and is thankful for all of the prayers and support they continue to receive.”

The press release also contained a brief statement from Dr. G.E. Ghali, chancellor of LSU Health Shreveport, who said, “Congressman-elect Letlow is in stable condition in the Intensive Care Unit where he is receiving Remdesivir and steroids as part of his regiment therapy.”

Both President Donald Trump and his attorney Rudy Giuliani were both treated with Remdesivir and a steroids regimen when they contracted COVID-19, The Hill reported.

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