A full autopsy of George Floyd, the handcuffed black man who died after being restrained by Minneapolis police, was released Wednesday and provides several clinical details, including that Floyd had previously tested positive for COVID-19.
The 20-page report released by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner’s Office came with the family’s permission and after the coroner’s office released summary findings Monday that Floyd had a heart attack while being restrained by officers, and classified his May 25 death as a homicide.
“The decedent was known to be positive for 2019-nCoV RNA [COVID-19] on 4/3/2020,” the report stated.
“Since PCR positivity for 2019-nCoV RNA [COVID-19] 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.”
The term 2019-nCoV RNA refers to the deadly bug that has killed well over 107,000 Americans.
The autopsy was conducted by the county’s Chief Medical Examiner Dr Andrew M. Baker who concluded that the post mortem test result “most likely reflects asymptomatic but persistent … positivity from previous infection.” There was no indication in the autopsy report that coronavirus played any role in Floyd’s death.
A urine drug screen also found Floyd was “presumptive positive for cannabinoids, amphetamines, and fentanyl/metabolite.”
According to findings from an independent autopsy at the request of his family, Floyd died as a result of “asphyxia due to neck and back compression that led to a lack of blood flow to the brain.”
This examination, conducted by Michael Baden and Allecia Wilson, determined Floyd’s death to be “homicide.”