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Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow moved to intensive care unit with COVID-19

Greg Hilburn
Monroe News-Star
Luke Letlow, R-Start, is pictured here on July 22, 2020 after qualifying for the Louisiana 5th Congressional District race.

UPDATE:  Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has died at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport with COVID-19

Louisiana Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has been transferred to the intensive care unit at Ochsner LSU Health in Shreveport to continue treatment for COVID-19, his spokesman told USA Today Network Wednesday.

Letlow, 41, had been being treated at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe. He is in stable condition.

"Congressman-elect Luke Letlow has been transferred from St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe to Ochsner LSU Health Shreveport Academic Medical Center in Shreveport as he continues to undergo treatment for COVID-19," Letlow representative Andrew Bautsch said in a statement.

"The Letlow family is deeply appreciative of the medical team at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe for their fantastic care, and is thankful for all of the prayers and support they continue to receive," he said.

Bautsch didn't elaborate on Letlow's condition beyond the statement.

LSU Health Sciences Center Chancellor G.E. Ghali said Letlow is receiving Remdesivir, an antiviral drug.

"Congressman-elect Letlow is in stable condition in the intensive care unit where he is receiving Remdesivir and steroids as part of his regiment therapy," Ghali said.

Letlow, R-Start, announced Friday he tested positive for COVID-19 and was first quarantining at his Richland Parish home.

But on Saturday he was admitted to St. Francis Medical Center as symptoms persisted and transferred to Shreveport late Tuesday night.

Letlow won the 5th Congressional District seat with 62% of the vote Dec. 5 in a runoff election against fellow Republican state Rep. Lance Harris of Alexandria.

He will succeed his former boss Congressman Ralph Abraham, R-Alto, who didn't seek reelection after honoring a pledge to serve a limit of three terms.

Letlow had been Abraham's chief of staff.

Louisiana's 5th District is the largest geographically in the state covering 24 parishes. Alexandria and Monroe are the population hubs, but the boundaries dip into Acadiana to take in Opelousas and into the Florida parishes to take in Bogalusa.

Greg Hilburn covers state politics for the USA TODAY Network of Louisiana. Follow him on Twitter @GregHilburn1.