Member of Louisiana governor’s staff dies after coronavirus diagnosis

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BATON ROUGE, La. (WVLA/WGMB) — One of Louisiana’s ranking advisers on disability rights issues has died of complications from COVID-19, Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Saturday night.

April Dunn, 33, served as chair of the Louisiana Developmental Disabilities Council. She and Edwards collaborated through the Governor’s Office of Disability Affairs.

Gov. Edwards issued the following statement Saturday:

She brightened everyone’s day with her smile, was a tremendous asset to our team and an inspiration to everyone who met her. She lived her life to the fullest and improved the lives of countless Louisianans with disabilities. April worked hard as an advocate for herself and other members of the disability community. I was proud to have an advocate like April on the task force and on my staff. She set a great example for how other businesses could make their workforce more inclusive.

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