Woman in her 30s died from COVID-19 on airplane

She experienced shortness of breath while waiting to depart for Texas from Arizona back in July.

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A Texas woman died on an airplane before a flight in July due to complications from coronavirus, officials revealed this week.

The woman, who had underlying health conditions, experienced shortness of breath while waiting to depart for Texas from Arizona on July 25. She was administered oxygen but died on the plane. 

A worker wearing personal protective equipment cleans the passengers cabin of an airplane. In July, a Texas woman died on an airplane before its flight due to complications from COVID-19. (Photo by Guillermo Legaria/Getty Images)

It is unclear if the unidentified woman, a resident of Garland, Texas in her 30s, knew she was sick upon boarding. 

A news release from Dallas County, where positive COVID-19 cases in the county are on the rise, reported the woman’s passing. According to the release, “of all confirmed cases requiring hospitalization to date, more than two-thirds have been under 65 years of age.” 

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The county added more than 550 new confirmed coronavirus cases on Sunday. The death of this woman and two other COVID-19 victims, a man and woman in their 50s, were added to the roster following autopsies. 

The newly reported cases bring the county’s count to 89,987, with a death toll of over 1,000. 

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Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins expressed concern over the rising case count. He noted that while cases are rising, restrictions are being loosened in the state. 

“What happens with that is people hear that, they may not be going to a bar but they think it’s now safe to have friends over to watch the Cowboys game or do something else they want to do,” he said. “We keep jumping the gun, and it puts us back in a situation which hurts public health and businesses and schools.”

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The county is also reporting that between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10, 390 school-age children tested positive for the virus, an increase of 32 percent. 

Dallas County is the second-most populous county in the state, home to more than two million residents. 

Texas has reported 823,779 positive coronavirus cases and more than 17,000 fatalities. 

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