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Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser tests positive for COVID-19

By: - December 16, 2020 7:19 pm

Lt. Gov. Billy Nungesser confirmed that he tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday evening — making him the fourth statewide elected official in Louisiana to do so.

U.S. Sen Bill Cassidy, Attorney General Jeff Landry and State Treasurer John Schroder also had COVID-19 and have since recovered. Schroder was hospitalized for three days last month with the disease.

Nungesser said via text message that he developed a fever and cough Wednesday morning. He was tested at the Plaquemines Medical Center in Port Sulphur.

Nungesser, 61, oversees the state’s tourism efforts, parks and museums. The Republican is also first in line to take over as governor should Gov. John Bel Edwards die or become incapacitated. Previously, he was the head of local government in Plaquemines Parish. 

Some elected officials who have contracted coronavirus have ended up falling very ill. State Rep. Reggie Bagala, R-Cut Off, died in April after a weeks-long battle with the virus. State Sen. Regina Barrow, D-Baton Rouge, announced this week that she had recovered from COVID-19, but her husband died because of complications with the virus. 

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Julie O'Donoghue
Julie O'Donoghue

Julie O’Donoghue is a senior reporter for the Louisiana Illuminator and producer of the Louisiana Illuminator podcast. She’s received awards from the Virginia Press Association and Louisiana-Mississippi Associated Press. Julie covered state government and politics for | The Times-Picayune for six years. She’s also covered government and politics in Missouri, Virginia and Washington D.C. Julie is a proud D.C. native and Washington Capitals hockey fan. She and her partner, Jed, live in Baton Rouge. She has two stepchildren, Quinn and Steven.