George Floyd was able to survive one threat to his life, yet he was not able to survive another.
George Floyd tested positive for coronavirus, according to a Hennepin County autopsy report. The autopsy was conducted by the county’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Andrew M. Baker on May 26. The report says Floyd, 44, had first tested positive for COVID-19 back on April 3 and that traces of the virus “can persist for weeks after the onset and resolution of clinical disease.”
Lawyers for Floyd’s family commissioned an independent expert autopsy that found Floyd died from “mechanical asphyxia,” meaning he was suffocated. The autopsy report concluded that Floyd died from a “cardiopulmonary arrest while being restrained by law enforcement officers.”
The 20-page analysis details most of what we already know, Floyd became unresponsive and died while pinned to the ground by three police officers. However, a section of the report says George tested positive for COVID-19.
The coroner says, “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.” Meaning George was likely walking around without issues or active symptoms, but the virus was still in his body.
The virus played no known role in his death and he was likely not contagious, the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s office said in its final report. Floyd had survived a pandemic that has killed more African Americans in the United States than whites or other ethnic groups—only to be murdered by four police officers in the middle of a Minneapolis street.