Congressman-elect Luke Letlow admitted to ICU with COVID-19

Letlow transferred to ICU in Shreveport after five days in Monroe hospital

By: - December 23, 2020 4:55 pm
Luke Letlow

Luke Letlow

Louisiana’s newly-elected U.S. congressman, Luke Letlow, was admitted into intensive care Wednesday at Ochsner LSU Health Center in Shreveport after he was hospitalized with COVID-19 five days ago, according to Letlow’s spokesman Andrew Bautsch.

Bautsch released a statement Wednesday afternoon saying Letlow was transferred from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe to Ochsner LSU in Shreveport after he announced Friday that he contracted the novel coronavirus. Letlow was admitted to St. Francis Saturday morning and began receiving treatment. That statement included news that Bautsch, Letlow’s spokesman, had also tested positive.

Wednesday’s press release included a statement from Dr. G. E. Ghali, chancellor of the LSU Health Shreveport: “Congressman-elect Letlow is in stable condition in the intensive care unit where he is receiving Remdesivir and steroids.”

Letlow, a Republican from Richland Parish, was elected to Louisiana’s 5th Congressional District, which covers most of the northeastern and central portions of the state and much of the northern portions of the Florida parishes, including the cities of Monroe and Alexandria. His term is set to begin in January.

Congressman Cedric Richmond, of New Orleans, and Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser announced last week that they also have COVID-19. Both are experiencing symptoms.

Congressman Mike Johnson, U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy, Attorney General Jeff Landry, State Treasurer John Schroder and a number of state lawmakers have also had COVID-19 over the past several months and recovered.  One Louisiana elected official, state Rep. Reggie Bagala, died from the virus in April.

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Wesley Muller
Wesley Muller

Wes Muller traces his journalism roots back to 1997 when, at age 13, he built and launched a hyper-local news website for his New Orleans neighborhood. In the years since then, he has freelanced for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans and worked on staff at the Sun Herald in Biloxi, WAFB-9News CBS in Baton Rouge, and the Enterprise-Journal in McComb, Mississippi. He also taught English as an adjunct instructor at Baton Rouge Community College. Much of his journalism has involved reporting on First Amendment issues and coverage of municipal and state government. He has received recognitions including McClatchy's National President's Award, the Associated Press Freedom of Information Award, and the Daniel M. Phillips Freedom of Information Award from the Mississippi Press Association, among others. Muller is a New Orleans native, a Jesuit High School alumnus, a University of New Orleans alumnus and a veteran U.S. Army paratrooper. He lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, with his two sons and his wife, who is also a journalist.