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.

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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.

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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.

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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.