A Louisiana woman awaiting her coronavirus test results died on her kitchen floor while waiting for her results, according to reports.
Nola.com reports that 39-year-old Natasha Ott began feeling “cold symptoms” on March 10, but initially declined to take the Covid-19 test since she was considered low-risk. She wanted to ensure elderly people had a chance to take the test.
“She could have gotten a test last Friday, but they only had five tests, and she didn’t want to use one of them,” her boyfriend, Josh Anderson, said.
The following week, she felt “something in her lungs” and still had symptoms. She decided to take the test.
According to Anderson, Ott was still waiting for the test results when he found her deceased on their kitchen floor on Friday.
The Orleans Parish Coroner’s Office has not yet released Ott’s cause of death. Lousiana health officials have not said whether they think coronavirus ended her life.
Anderson, however, said he thought the coronavirus is definitely what killed Ott, who was said to be in good health prior to her symptoms.
“I believed that people should stay home, but I don’t think I fully understood what the consequences could be if they didn’t.”
Ott tested negative for the flu prior to her death, according to Anderson. She then decided to take the Covid-19 test, and while waiting for results, did her best to take care of herself.
Anderson said that during the days leading up to her death, Ott sent him text messages routinely while she medicated with “medicinal whiskey.” They took their dogs for a walk on Thursday night and it seemed as if Ott was recovering. Anderson said on Friday, she stopped sending him messages and didn’t return his calls.
“The time for joking about Covid-19 is over,” Anderson said on social media. “Now is the time to keep yourself, your loved ones, and everyone else safe.”
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[Feature Photo: Natasha Ott/Facebook]