A Texas woman in her 30s died of Covid-19 on her way home from Arizona this summer, officials said Monday.
Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth that the woman died in July, but officials had just learned of the official cause of her death.
“It became difficult for her to breathe and they tried to give her oxygen,” he told the station. “It didn’t work. She died on the pier.
The woman, who was from the Dallas suburb of Garland, had underlying health issues, according to a Dallas County press release. Further information about him was not immediately available.
The disclosure comes as the number of cases continued to rise in 25 states, according to a 14-day average maintained by the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. Data showed that new cases surged in Texas last week after falling the week before.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott continued to ease restrictions on coronaviruses, with an executive order earlier this month allowing some bars to reopen at half capacity.
Jenkins criticized the move on Monday, saying it could make people believe he was sure to have friends.
“We keep jumping the gun, and it puts us back in a situation that is hurting public health, businesses and schools,” he told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth.
Experts have warned of a possible ‘third spike’ in coronavirus cases as the holidays approach with what Dr Carlos del Rio, infectious disease expert at Emory University School of Medicine, described as six possible super-propagation events.
“We can see a lot of disease happening,” he says.