A man who had a medical emergency and died on a United flight last week was confirmed to have had COVID-19
United Airlines Boeing 737 at Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) in the Dominican Republic on December 5, 2020. Photo by DANIEL SLIM / AFP via Getty Images
A coroner confirmed that a man who died after a medical emergency on a United flight last week had COVID-19, the Washington Post reported.
According to the report, Isaias Hernandez, 69, died of COVID-19 and acute respiratory failure.
United previously told Business Insider that they were only made aware that the man was in cardiac arrest at the time of the medical emergency.
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A man who died on a United flight last week was confirmed to have had COVID-19, the Washington Post reported.
The man, now identified as Isaias Hernandez, 69, had a medical emergency that forced pilots to divert United Flight 591 from its planned route from Orlando to Los Angeles to New Orleans. Hernandez was taken to a local hospital by a paramedic, where he was pronounced dead.
A report by Jefferson Parish Coroner Gerry Cvitanovich found that Hernandez died of COVID-19 and acute respiratory failure.
United previously told Business Insider that they were initially only told that he was suffering from cardiac arrest.
Hernandez's wife was overheard telling an EMT that her husband had COVID-19 symptoms, including loss of taste and smell at the time of the medical emergency, the Post reported. However, United said a doctor had not confirmed this at the time and it was unclear whether he was infected.
After the emergency, passengers had the option of taking a later flight or continuing the flight they were on rather than changing aircraft.
A United employee previously told Business Insider that Hernandez did not disclose on a pre-boarding checklist that he had symptoms of COVID-19.
The airline said it was working with health officials to contact passengers who were on the flight.
"After the CDC contacted us directly, we will share the requested information with the agency so that they can work with local health authorities to reach customers who the CDC believes are at risk for possible exposure or infection "said a spokesman last week.
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