A postmortem nasal swab has found that George Floyd had COVID-19 when he died, but it didn’t play a role in his death. The autopsy report, which was released publicly with permission from Floyd’s family, indicated that Floyd tested positive for the disease on April 3.
The medical examiner said the 46-year-old man was likely asymptomatic when he died, Forbes reports.
The autopsy report came with the family’s permission and it was released after the coroner’s office released summary findings which affirmed that Floyd had a heart attack while being restrained by officers. George Floyd’s death has now been classified as a homicide.
TMZ reported that the Coroner said;
“Positivity for 2019-nCoV can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease, the autopsy result most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent PCR positivity from previous infection.”
This meant the deceased was likely walking around without issues or active symptoms, but the virus was still in his body. The final report from Hennepin on Wednesday says Floyd had “no injuries of anterior muscles of neck or laryngeal structures.”
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison on Wednesday June 3, upgraded charges against Chauvin to 2nd-degree murder and also charged the three other officers on the scene with aiding and abetting.
Floyd family attorney, Ben Crump had earlier decried the official autopsy as described in the original complaint against Chauvin, for ruling out asphyxia. An autopsy commissioned by the Floyd family concluded that he died of asphyxiation due to neck and back compression.