ST GEORGE — A St. George police officer died of COVID-19 at St. George Regional Hospital on Thursday afternoon after a two-week battle with the disease.
Officer Adam Ashworth was admitted to the hospital two weeks ago with COVID-19. He had been in the intensive care unit of the hospital in a medically-induced coma.
The 39-year-old father of three was an 11-year veteran of the St. George Police Department. He is the 286th person to have died of COVID-19 in southern Utah since last March and the first in the last week.
A large police escort took Ashworth from the hospital down River Road to Riverside Drive to the Serenity Funeral Home on 400 East around 7 p.m. As the escort provided a last patrol for Ashworth, a hard rain started to fall. In front of the funeral home, officers were seen hugging.
Two weeks ago, the family said, Ashworth went to the emergency room at St. George Regional for what he thought was a quick visit.
Then came the positive COVID-19 test. Ashworth's condition deteriorated quickly. In just a matter of a few days, an admission to the ICU was followed by the word any family dealing with a loved one infected with COVID-19 doesn't want to hear – intubation.
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