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A Texas woman died from COVID-19 on a flight. Here’s what happened

Back in July, a woman passed away on a flight due to complications related to COVID-19.

In this June 16, 2018, file photo, American Airlines aircrafts are seen at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas.
In this June 16, 2018, file photo, American Airlines aircrafts are seen at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas.
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A Texas woman died on a flight back in July due to complications related to the novel coronavirus, NBC Dallas-Fort Worth reports.

  • Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins said Sunday that the woman, who died on the plane before it left from Arizona to Texas, had difficulty breathing on the flight.
  • She died despite being given oxygen, according to NBC DFW.
  • The woman reportedly had underlying health conditions that created a severe risk of complications from the coronavirus.
  • “It became difficult for her to breathe, and they tried to give her oxygen,” the judge said, according to NBC News. “It was not successful. She died on the jetway.”

Politics and coronavirus

The judge has been in a war of words with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, expressing concern with the governor’s decision to relax COVID-19 restrictions, KXAN reports. For example, Abbott said bars where COVID-19 hospitalizations were low could reopen at 50% capacity.

  • “We keep jumping the gun and it puts us back in a situation which hurts public health and business and schools.”
  • “What happens with that is people hear that, they may not be going to a bar but they think it’s now safe to have friends over to watch the Cowboys game or do something else they want to do,” he said, according to NBC DFW. “We keep jumping the gun and it puts us back in a situation which hurts public health and businesses and schools.”