Passengers on LAAX-bound flight notified of possible COVID-19 exposure after December 14 passenger death

LOS ANGELES (KABC) – Health officials in Los Angeles County are alerting passengers on a United Airlines flight to LAAX that they would have been exposed to Covid-1to after a fellow passenger collapsed and died of the virus during the flight.

On Dec. 14, United Flight 591 was en route from Orlando to LA. The passenger, who was initially thought to have a heart attack, was diverted to New Orleans due to a medical emergency.

The man died at the hospital.

Last week, a report by the Jefferson Parish Coroner’s Office Fees in Louisiana confirmed the death of a 69-year-old LA resident with covid-19 and severe respiratory failure.

Related: United passenger dies due to respiratory failure, Covid-19 on LALX flight, coroner says

United Airlines confirmed on December 18 that it had received a letter from the U.S. Department of Disease Control and Prevention for Youth. Was contacted by the centers.

“At the time of the diversion, we were informed that he had a cardiac arrest, so passengers were given the option to take the next flight or continue their travel plans,” according to the airline. “Now that the CDC has contacted us directly, we are sharing the requested information with the agency so that they can work with local health officials to reach out to any customer, the CDC believes there may be a risk of potential infection or infection. “

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Passengers on the flight said the man’s wife told paramedics that she had tested positive for COVID-19 and was showing symptoms.

United Airlines says passengers must provide a certificate that they do not have COVID-19 or any features before they are allowed to fly.

The flight continued to LA after the man was taken off the plane.

The City News Service contributed to this report.

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