Red Lake Nation News - Babaamaajimowinan (Telling of news in different places)

A woman died of coronavirus on a plane. Her fellow passengers were never notified.


November 2, 2020

Joe Cavaretta – TNS

A Spirit Airlines Airbus at Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on October 1, 2019.

When Spirit Airlines learned that a Texas woman had died of covid-19 on one of its flights in July, the airline said it alerted the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and received an acknowledgment from the agency.

But Spirit spokesman Erik Hofmeyer said it was never asked by health authorities to share passenger manifests to aid in tracking down people who might have been exposed.

State health officials in New Mexico, where the woman was declared dead after the Dallas-bound flight was diverted to Albuquerque, acknowledged they failed to investigate, as did the CDC.


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