“We’ve all screwed up, we’ve relaxed our vigilance, please tell everyone to be careful…”
This sentence became the last warning of the epidemic issued by Larry Dixon, a former Republican senator from Alabama. Dickson, 78, died of COVID-19 on Friday (4th).
According to NBC on the 8th, David Thrasher, a close friend of Dixon and a Montgomery pulmonologist, revealed that Dixon attended a social gathering about two weeks ago and contracted the novel coronavirus during this period. Slacher said he was not sure how large the party was, but two other men who attended the party also tested positive for COVID-19.
After attending the party for a few days, Dixon developed early symptoms of COVID-19 and received treatment from Thrusher. As his condition worsened, Dickson put on a ventilator.
Thrache revealed that before putting on a ventilator, Dixon had a brief conversation with his wife Guynell and issued a “predictive” warning to the people of Alabama.
“We were totally screwed up and we relaxed our vigilance.” Dixon said, “Please tell everyone to be careful. It’s true, and if you’re diagnosed with [with COVID-19], ask for help immediately.”
On the 4th, the Alabama Medical Examination Board issued a statement saying that Dixon died of COVID-19 that day.
In addition to Dixon himself, his wife Gainell, who tested positive for the coronavirus last week, is still recovering. In addition, Dickson’s two daughters also contracted the novel coronavirus earlier this year, but have now recovered and have not been infected again.
According to the Alabama Political Reporter website, Republican Dixon served in the state Senate from 1983 to 2010. Before becoming a senator, Dixon also served in the state House of Representatives from 1978 to 1982.
Thrache praised Dickerson as the “best person” and even on his deathbed, his last wish was to prevent more people from repeating their mistakes.
“He wanted to remind people to be careful, wear masks, and not to gather in social situations.” “He also made a call – let’s save some lives,” recalls Thrashe.
On December 7, former Alabama Congressman Perry Hooper also issued a statement in the local media expressing shock at Dixon’s death. Hopper described Dixon as “a great lawmaker, a man with great moral qualities, or a loyal and loving husband and father.”
Just as Dixon died of the coronavirus, the number of hospitalizations and confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Alabama reached a record high. Last week, Alabama’s five-day day of increasing cases exceeded 3,000, setting a new record number of hospitalizations in the state.
In the past seven days, Alabama residents have a positive rate of 34.7%, which is one of the highest rates in the United States.
According to the epidemic statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of Monday local time, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in Alabama has exceeded 270,000, and the number of deaths has reached 3,889.
In early November, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey extended the state’s mask-wearing rule, pushing the deadline to December 11, the Hill reported. So far, Ivey has not shut down the economy.