After recent reports that said blood clots are increasingly being found in COVID-19 patients, possibly leading to strokes, heart attacks and dangerous blockages in the legs and lungs, a Gregg County health official confirmed the novel coronavirus is associated with a number of other health conditions.
After the county this past week experienced its sixth coronavirus fatality, Gregg County Health Authority Dr. Lewis Browne was asked how other health conditions can lead to COVID-19-related deaths.
“COVID — No. 1 — has a whole lot of symptoms, which means it causes a whole lot of different disorders,” Browne said.
All six of the Gregg County deaths have been associated with nursing homes — either a resident or worker, Browne has said.
The county’s first COVID-19 death, on May 1, was a woman in her 70s who was a local nursing home resident who died at a local hospital. The second death, on May 3, was a 73-year-old man who worked in a nursing home in another county but died in his Gregg County home. The third death, an 80-year-old woman who was a local nursing home resident, had tested positive May 1 and died May 15.
The fourth death was a…
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