Bob Glanzer, a longtime South Dakota lawmaker, died on Friday from COVID-19.
COVID-19 is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
Glanzer, 75, was being treated in an intensive care unit at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center in Sioux Falls before his death at approximately 8 p.m.
“Our dad, grandpa, uncle, husband, and friend went to heaven,” son Tom Glanzer wrote on Facebook.
He said the staff at Avera were amazing and took good care of Glanzer and his family.
“Their work was even more appreciated during this truly trying time in our world. They were able to comfort us without being next to us and that is human care on the highest level,” Tom Glanzer said.
No family members were with Glanzer when he died because of concerns about the virus, his son told Keloland News.
Bob Glanzers wife, Penny, was also diagnosed with COVID-19 but has since been cleared by the state Department of Health, Tom Glanzer said.
South Dakota House Majority Leader Lee Qualm said that Glanzer was “a true statesman, an amazing man of God and a great asset to the SD House of Representatives.”
“He will be greatly missed!” Qualm said in a statement.
South Dakota only had two COVID-19 deaths before Glanzer passed away.
The state has 187 people who tested positive for the virus but 69 of those have since recovered, according to the state Department of Health. Seventeen patients remain hospitalized.
Another 4,593 people have tested negative for the virus while test results for three people are pending.
South Dakota is one of around seven states that has not issued a stay at home order mandating that residents not leave home unless theyre taking essential trips, such as ones for obtaining groceries or medicine.
“This has been a constant balance and analysis that we have been looking at and analyzing is: how long can people change their way of life, how long can they stay at home, how long can children stay out of school, how long before we dont have any businesses left to employ people and put food on theirRead More – Source