Coronavirus; 32-year-old Los Angeles woman dies the day after diagnosis


A 32-year-old woman from Los Angeles has been identified as the fourth Salvadoran immigrant to die in the United States after being infected with the coronavirus, according to the consulate.

Her family reported in a local Telemundo station that Jéssica Beatriz Cortez immigrated to the United States three years ago. Her brother said she was diagnosed with COVID-19 one day last week and died the following day.

“She started by complaining about aches, feeling heavy and tired,” Cesar Cortez said in an interview with the TV station.

He said his sister went to work on March 23, but soon after, she started to experience symptoms such as body pain and chills.

Cortez said the family was surprised at how quickly they went from nausea to death. She was hospitalized on Friday, he said, and died the next day.

“It all happened in less than a week,” said Cortez. “I got a call saying she was in a very serious condition … I left what I was doing and went to the hospital and when I got there she was already dead. “

He said the worst part was knowing that no one could be with his sister when his life was running away.

“This is the hardest part,” said Cortez. “That she died alone. “

He said he didn’t think the family would even be able to attend his sister’s cremation.

Consular officials told the Los Angeles Times that with Jéssica Beatriz Cortez, three other Salvadoran immigrants died in New York.


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