Coroner Says George Floyd Had Coronavirus But Was not Factor in His Death
An autopsy report released Wednesday revealed that George Floyd had an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection when he died in the custody of Minneapolis police.
The report stated that Floyd tested positive for the coronavirus on April 3.
Presumably, he would have known he was infected. It was unclear if he was ever sick, though.
The report suggested that the virus played no role in Floyd’s death, as his lungs had no signs of damage or pneumonia. With the exception of his heart, which showed evidence of heart disease, his other organs appeared healthy.
The report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office came with the family’s permission and after the coroner’s office released summary findings Monday that Floyd died of cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by officers, and classified his Memorial Day death as a homicide.
Floyd’s death was recorded in a widely seen video that sparked both peaceful and violent protests in the Twin Cities and across the nation.