The woman – who was only identified as a resident of Garland, Texas – died while the plane was still on Arizona tarmac, Dallas County official Lauren Trimble told BuzzFeed News .
It is not known whether the woman knew she had COVID-19 at the time of her death, and officials have not identified the airline to which the plane belonged.
Before the woman’s death, she had difficulty breathing and was given oxygen, Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins told NBC 5 Dallas – Fort Worth. She also had underlying high-risk health conditions, officials said in a press release on Sunday.
Even though the woman died on July 25, the county was not told it was a COVID-19-related death until just a few days ago, Jenkins told the Channel. WFAA television.
Trimble told BuzzFeed News that the woman’s case was a confirmed death from COVID-19, as defined by the CDC.
The county did not provide more information on the case. BuzzFeed News has contacted Garland’s health department for further details.
Jenkins said the woman’s death was a “reminder that there is no age limit in COVID.”
“I strongly encourage people not to think they are invincible against COVID because they don’t think they are in a high risk category,” he said.
While rates of COVID-19 were highest among older adults at the start of the pandemic, this trend has shifted to people aged 20 to 29 from June to August, according to a recent CDC study.
Another CDC study from the summer found that one in five people aged 18 to 34 who tested positive for COVID-19 had not recovered after a few weeks and could be chronically ill .
As of Monday morning, Texas had at least 868,917 COVID-19 cases and 17,541 related deaths, according to a New York Times database.
The United States is witnessing a “third wave” of hospitalizations as the elections approach. Texas sees an increase in hospitalizations of COVID-19 patients as officials warn the state could see another increase, the Texas Tribune reported.
Last week, the Dallas County coronavirus risk threat was shifted to the highest red level due to the “new wave of surging # COVID19 cases hitting North Texas,” Jenkins tweeted.