Gretna man diagnosed with COVID-19, pneumonia, dies in North Carolina hospital

Published: Mar. 25, 2020 at 10:20 AM EDT
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A Gretna man died Wednesday morning around 4:30 after battling COVID-19 and double pneumonia, according to his family.

66-year-old Landon Spradlin was a pastor in Gretna before starting a traveling ministry with his wife.

March 17, Spradlin was admitted into the Atrium Cabarrus Hospital in Concord, North Carolina after testing positive for

, and was sedated the next day.

“We express our sincere condolences to this person’s family,” said Scott Spillmann, M.D., M.P.H., director of the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District. “Unfortunately those over 65 and those with underlying health conditions are at greater risk of serious complications from COVID-19. Everyone, especially at-risk individuals, are strongly advised to take steps to minimize contact with others who are ill, practice social distancing and stay at home as much as possible.”

His daughters say Spradlin suffered from bronchitis and life-long asthma.

Spradlin's wife, Jean Spradin, is in isolation in North Carolina after testing negative.

While he died in North Carolina, his Virginia residency means he is part of the Virginia coronavirus count, according to the Pittsylvania-Danville Health District.

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