Student, 20, with Covid found dead after self-isolating in dorm room

The family of a 20-year-old college student who was found dead in her dorm room after testing positive for Covid-19 have released a statement urging young people to take the threat of coronavirus seriously.

Bethany Nesbitt’s body was found in her bedroom in the halls of residence at Grace College, Indiana. Bethany had been self-isolating following a positive test for coronavirus.

An autopsy determined that the Michigan-born student’s direct cause of death was a pulmonary embolism — a blockage of a blood vessel in the lungs — but a medical examiner added that Covid-19 had “played a role” in her death.

Bethany, who suffered from asthma, had been hospitalised with Covid-19 in late October but had returned to her dorm room to self-isolate after she appeared to be recovering.

“After a complete investigation and autopsy, the cause of death has been ruled natural due to a pulmonary embolus that had not been previously detected,” Kosciusko County coroner Tony Ciriello announced.

“While Covid did play a role in contributing to the death, it was not caused by Covid.”

In a statement released after Bethany’s death, her family said: “Please don’t assume that young people will not be impacted by this virus.

“Bethany was careful. She wore her mask. She socially distanced. We urge you to follow health officials’ protocols and precautions.

“We had already cancelled our family holiday plans before Bethany got sick. The risks of gathering in large groups aren’t worth it this year.”

They added that Grace, who was studying psychology at the evangelical Christian college, “was a selfless and loving friend, a source of constant encouragement to all those around her.”

At least 1,108 new coronavirus deaths and 121,200 new cases were reported in the US yesterday, November 5.

Over the past week, there has been an average of 96,231 new cases diagnosed every day, an increase of 54% from the average two weeks earlier.

The number of people in the United States who have tested positive for coronavirus is closing in on 10,000,000, and, according to a New York Times database, at least 235,300 have died.

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