State Senator Jerry Relph (R-MN) died of complications related to Covid-19 on Friday.
Relph went into quarantine on November 10th after testing positive for the virus. Relph had been in close contact with an infected colleague, and it seems the worst-case scenario came about.
Minnesota Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka said of Relph’s passing that, “Senator Jerry Relph was a true friend and colleague loved by so many. For four years, he rolled up his sleeves and tackled tough issues for our state. Senator Relph will always be remembered as a dedicated public servant.”
Relph, who was a Vietnam War veteran, lost his bid for reelection in November. Despite only serving one term in office, Relph left in impact on the Minnesota Republican Party.
This awful tragedy highlights the need for those who are at risk to take precautions when it comes to avoiding the coronavirus. While there has been significant misinformation propagated by a media eager to profit from fear, elderly Americans need to be safe.
As coronavirus treatment improves, we will hopefully see fewer tragic deaths like those of Senator Relph. We have already lost too many good Americans to this disease.
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