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George Floyd Had Coronavirus, Autopsy Reveals

A George Floyd a mural painted on a remnant of the Berlin Wall | Image: Omer Messinger/Sipa/AP

George Floyd, who died during an arrest in Minneapolis on May 25, had coronavirus.

According to Dr. Andrew Baker, the chief medical examiner at Hennepin County, Floyd tested positive for coronavirus weeks before his death.


Floyd was likely no longer symptomatic when four Minneapolis police officers killed him during the arrest, according to the 20-page document.

Baker said the type of test performed for the autopsy, called PCR, can show a positive result “for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease.”

“Since … positivity for [COVID-19] can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection,” Baker wrote in the report.

The report maintains that Floyd’s death was a homicide — that he died when his heart stopped while officer Derek Chauvin compressed his neck in the widely viewed video of his arrest. A previous report from the county autopsy had claimed that Floyd died from the combined effects of being restrained, possible intoxicants and underlying health issues including heart disease.

The medical examiner’s office’s findings included “other significant conditions” of Floyd’s: heart disease, fentanyl intoxication and recent methamphetamine — details released in the initial report that angered Floyd’s family attorney, Benjamin Crump.

George Floyd’s death has sparked a wave of protests and condemnation in the United States and in some countries across the globe.

Chauvin, Lane, and the two other officers who assisted in the arrest, J Alexander Kueng and Tou Thao have all been fired and charged with felonies.

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