Vaccinated 33-year-old woman dies from COVID: ‘She was large for her age’
A 33-year-old businesswoman from New Orleans died of a breakthrough case of COVID-19 Sunday.
“She said, ‘I know I do not have COVID. I still can smell and taste. And I am vaccinated.’ But when she got to the hospital, turns out she had it,” Tara Mosely said about her daughter, Angelle.
Angelle texted her mother last Thursday, letting her know she wasn’t feeling well. She went to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with COVID-19. She was later released. By the weekend, Angelle was back in the hospital.
Mosely says Angelle’s neighbor brought her into the hospital around 2 a.m. She told her mom they planned on keeping her there as she developed pneumonia and a high fever.
On Sunday, Mosley received a call letting her know that Angelle’s heart rate was dropping. Later that day, she died.
“He said her heart rate was dropping. It was that moment I knew,” Mosley said.
Angelle was well known in her community as a hardworking businesswoman. She opened her first business in May called Brave Beautique, a clothing store for plus-sized women.
“I was just talking to her on[sic] last Tuesday. Found out this morning that she was gone. Did not even know she was sick. We are going to miss her very much,” said Deloris Fisher, owner of a store located next to Angelle’s.
“One of the things that I will say contributed to her death, Angelle was large for her age. She was obese. The variant that is out right now. It is showing us it is really serious. I saw this with my own child’s life,” Mosely said.
Of all the COVID-19 deaths reported last week in New Orleans, vaccinated people accounted for less than 10%, according to the Louisiana Department of Health. Among those hospitalized with COVID-19, 90% are unvaccinated.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated people are “much less likely” to be infected with COVID-19 but that a “small percentage of people” will still contract the virus.
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As of July 19, more than 161 million people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, and the CDC had received reports of 5,914 vaccine breakthrough cases.