Patricia Perez had barely left her house since March, but she was determined to work the voting polls in Travis County, just as she had done for years.
She was cautious of the pandemic, wearing a face shield, mask and gloves. However, she still got sick and died.
Her five adult children told KXAN there was "no stopping" her from working the Travis County polls during early voting, due to their mother's passion for politics.
"It's been a tough road and definitely wasn't her time," Adrianne Perez, one of the daughters, told the news station.
Soon after beginning work at the polling station at the Holiday Inn near I-35 and U.S. Highway 290, she called her children to express concern about a fellow poll worker, who she believed was sick. The man had been blowing his nose and coughing.
The poll worker was sent home and soon tested positive for COVID-19. A week or so after her first negative test result, Perez started feeling sick herself.
She spent a month in an Austin ICU, before dying at St. David's Medical Center on 32nd street on Dec. 2. She turned 70 this past weekend.
A county clerk told the news station there was no evidence that other poll workers or voters had gotten sick from the episode, though steps have been taken to advise poll workers.
The Perez family has set up a GoFundMe page for Perez's medical and funeral expenses.
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Elon Musk has placed an order for a new, top-of-the-line private jet: a Gulfstream G700, Austonia has learned. Delivery is expected in early 2023.
Billed as offering “the most spacious cabin in history,” the aircraft seats 19 and soars above the rest of us at up to 51,000 feet. Base price: $78 million.
The Gulfstream G700 was awarded the 2022 International Yacht & Aviation Award for excellence in cabin design this year. (Gulfstream)
According to the Gulfstream website, the G700 can fly up to 7,500 nautical miles without refueling, enough range to fly nonstop from Austin to Hong Kong. Powered by two Rolls-Royce engines, it has its own Wi-Fi system, 20 oval windows measuring 28” x 21”, and two lavatories.
The sweet new ride will replace his current top-of-line private jet: a 2015 Gulfstream G650, the aircraft that has been made somewhat famous by the automated @elonjet Twitter account, which tracks and reports his personal aircraft’s movements using public data.
Landed in Austin, Texas, US. Apx. flt. time 44 Mins. pic.twitter.com/jZ7HI0i4iV
— ElonJet (@ElonJet) June 24, 2022
Musk has repeatedly championed “free speech” as a guiding ethic in his planned purchase of Twitter. Last December, Musk offered the teenager who built the @elonjet tracker $50,000 to shut it down, citing security concerns. It’s still up.
According to the @elonjet account, Musk’s jet last traveled to Austin, where it’s been since June 23. The associated data says that his flight to Austin burned $2,573 worth of aviation fuel and discharged 4 tons of carbon dioxide.
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