Louisiana officials said the Kovid-19 caused the death of a passenger who was ill in a flight from Florida to California last week.
The Jefferson Parish Coroners listed “acute respiratory failure” and “Kovid-19” as causes of death for 69-year-old Los Angeles resident Isis Hernández.
Hernandez boarded a westbound United Airlines flight from Orlando to Los Angeles last Monday. Witnesses said that after falling ill, two fellow passengers – a nurse and an EMT – performed cardiopulmonary resuscitation on him.
According to the coroner’s report, the flight was taken to New Orleans and Hernandez died in a hospital in Keener, Louisiana.
Flight passengers said they listened to the man Wife is saying that Kovid-like symptoms were experienced, and the coroner’s report on Thursday confirmed those fears.
The joint and health officials of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are contacting passengers who may have been exposed to coronaviruses, the airline said in a statement last week.
All the airline’s passengers have been asked to fill out a form stating that they have not tested positive and are not experiencing Kovid-19 symptoms, joint spokeswoman Charlie Hobart told NBC News.
“Now it appears that they did not fill it correctly,” Hobart said of Hernández. “The health and wellbeing of our crew and passengers is our top priority.”
Hobart said the airline changed its passenger list to CDC for contact tracing, and the flight attendants on the trip were now in quarantine.
Hernández’s family did not immediately respond to a request for comment.