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A Texas Woman in Her 30s Died of COVID-19 While on a Flight

A Texas Woman in Her 30s Died of COVID-19 While on a Flight

A Texas Woman in Her 30s Died of COVID-19 While on a Flight

A Texas woman died of coronavirus while on an airplane this summer, officials announced this week. The woman, who was in her 30s, died on an interstate airline flight in New Mexico while the plane was still on the tarmac, a spokesperson for the office of Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins confirms to PEOPLE.

“It became difficult for her to breathe and they tried to give her oxygen,” Jenkins told KXAS. “It was not successful. She died on the jetway.”

Jenkins said the woman, who was from Dallas, had underlying high-risk health conditions. The spokesperson was unable to confirm the health conditions, citing privacy reasons.

Though the death occurred on July 25, officials in Dallas County only recently received the woman’s official cause of death, which is why it was announced in a press release on Sunday that reported three additional COVID deaths in the county.

Dallas County reported that the woman, who was in her 30s, had underlying health conditions. Jenkins said the woman died on the plane before it had taken off, while it was still on the tarmac. She was “ill and having trouble breathing” and was given oxygen, Jenkins said, according to NBC DFW. Officials don’t yet know if the woman knew she had COVID-19.

“[This is a] reminder that there is no age restriction in COVID,” the judge added, according to WFAA. “I would strongly encourage people to not think they’re invincible from COVID because they don’t think they’re in a high-risk category.”

Dallas County was only able to add the July death to its coronavirus statistics now because they didn’t initially know the cause of death. WFAA reported that the county was informed in August that a Texas resident from Dallas County died in Arizona, but the determination that the cause of death was COVID-19 was only shared this week, Jenkins said.

As of Monday, Dallas County had a total of 90,318 confirmed cases and 1,085 deaths, according to a Dallas County press release. Of all the cases that required hospitalizations, more than two-thirds have been people younger than 65 years old, and about one-third of all hospitalized patients had diabetes, the county said

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