Washington state Republican senator dead after contracting COVID on foreign trip

With the recent emergence of the omicron variant of COVID-19 along with the expected rise in cases given the spread of the dangerous delta variant, the virus is once again setting case-count records across the country, and claiming more lives in the process.

According to the Washington Examiner, one of those lives lost, tragically, was that of Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen (R), who passed away after testing positive for COVID-19 during a recent trip to El Salvador, as a Seattle Times report noted.

It was further reported that the 52-year-old state senator had asked some of his Republican colleagues to help him get a dose of monoclonal antibodies, and was scheduled to be transported to Florida to receive the cutting-edge treatment, which has proven to be effective in toning down serious COVID-19 infections.

That was on Dec. 13, and unfortunately, Ericksen either didn’t receive the treatment or it was too late. It was noted in the Examiner’s report that it wasn’t clear if the state senator was in Florida or Washington at the time of his death.

The senator’s family released a statement on social media making the sad announcement of their beloved’s untimely death.

“We are heartbroken to share that our husband and father passed away on Friday, Dec. 17. Please keep our family in your prayers and thank you for continuing to respect our privacy in this extremely difficult time,” the statement read.

Washington state Senate Minority Leader John Braun (R) also released a statement, saying, “It’s just heartbreaking news; what do you do, other than you feel for them, you pray for them.”

Ericksen, who had often battled Washington Gov. Jay Inslee over COVID-19 mandates and lockdowns, was the longest-serving Republican in the state, having held office from 1998-2010, holding various positions along the way.

With the rise in COVID-19 cases plaguing many parts of the country, Ericksen’s death will, unfortunately, be one of many that will likely soon be reported on as the situation worsens under President Joe Biden’s administration.