Tuesday, October 19, 2021

New Orleans pastor killed in house of worship shooting

The Southside Baptist Church mourns the loss of 73-year-old Idria Johnson, who served God and her country by enlisting in the U.S. Army on June 30, 1943.

Johnson has served in various capacities in the military as a Captain, Sergeant, Sergeant First Class, Corporal, Corporal, Officer, and Army Junior Reserve Officer. She grew up in Escambia County, Florida.

On July 20, Johnson arrived at Alexander H. Dawson Hospital in Bay Minette, Alabama to be evaluated and to be one of the first to be placed on the COVID-19 Surge treatment program. Prior to the appointment, Johnson had never been ill. While waiting in the waiting room, she got cold. After sitting in the hospital for several hours, Dr. Sheed had decided to pull Johnson aside.

Hospital personnel confirmed that Johnson was already under the care of intensive care doctors and nurses, as she had developed viral adenovirus-19. A syringe with a transfusion of Tylenol and a new birth control pill were administered to Johnson. Approximately ten minutes later, though, Johnson experienced vomiting.

Johnson was transferred to Ochsner Hospital-Treme Hospital, a tertiary facility in New Orleans, Louisiana. However, she was not released from the hospital as her condition was not improved. On July 22, Johnson was discharged from Ochsner only to find out that the COVID-19 Surge treatment program had been discontinued on July 5, much to the dismay of the Southside Baptist Church. Johnson went back to the healthcare provider once again and was convinced to enroll in the home visit program to receive care at home.

Unfortunately, despite the diligent efforts of the Southside Baptist Church, and state and federal officials, Johnson never had the chance to fully recover.

A photo of Johnson will be featured in the Sunday Service booklet of the church at 10:30 a.m. Sunday.

Johnson is survived by her husband, Frank Johnson.

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