A Florida woman who was hospitalized for over a week with Covid-19 said she came home to what she described as a “nightmare” — her husband had died of the same disease while she was gone.
Lisa Steadman, of Winter Haven — about 50 miles southwest of Orlando — told NBC affiliate WFLA that her husband, Ron Steadman, was first diagnosed with Covid in early August, but at the time it seemed no worse than a “bad cold.”
But Steadman, 58, also came down with Covid and fainted, then was rushed to the hospital, where she stayed for eight days. Ron Steadman, 55, stayed home to watch the dogs.
While hospitalized, Steadman could not get in touch with her husband. She asked local police to conduct a wellness check and they said he was well.
But less than 48 hours later, Lisa returned home on Aug. 18 from the hospital to find her husband deceased in bed. The dogs, she said, were starving and near death.
“I can’t get that picture out of my mind,” Steadman told WFLA. “I wish I never would have found him like that.”
Both Steadmans were unvaccinated.
“Both of us felt that it hadn’t been tested enough yet. Now after being in the hospital and talking with my doctor, when I am able to take it, I will in September,” she said.
Steadman did not immediately respond to an NBC News request for comment.
Florida has grappled with a record Covid surge in August, just as children returned to the classroom. School nurses in the state have been overwhelmed by a lack of Covid safeguards in schools.
Gov. Ron. DeSantis banned local school boards from issuing face mask mandates, but on Friday a Florida judge ruled the order was unconstitutional and allowed schools to continue requiring masks for students. DeSantis said Florida will appeal the ruling.
Meanwhile, weeks after Florida recorded multiple days of record-breaking daily Covid case counts, its death toll has surged to its highest level yet during the coronavirus pandemic.