The St. Louis Cardinals are mourning the loss of a key scout, according to local news outlet WLTX. 46-year-old Charles Peterson, who was with the organization since 2012, passed away over the weekend from complications related to COVID-19.
Peterson was reportedly battling the virus for a month.
“We are saddened to learn of the passing of amateur scout Charles Peterson,” the Cardinals wrote on Twitter. “Hired by the team in 2012, Charles was the signing scout for our 2020 1st [round] pick Jordan Walker.”
Assistant General Manager Randy Flores added: “He brought a tremendous work ethic, keen eye, and booming laugh with him every day. My prayers are with his wife Karen and family as anyone who ever talked to CP knew how proud he was of them.”
Peterson also worked as a volunteer assistant football coach at Spring Valley High School in Columbia, South Carolina.
Our deepest condolences go out to Peterson’s family and friends during this difficult time.
The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).
The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.
While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 6.38 million confirmed cases and 191,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.