Pete and Pete Erickson (Photo courtesy of Pete Erickson)

A Petersburg man and resident of Mountain View Manor died in at St. Francis Hospital in Federal Way, Washington after testing positive with covid-19 Monday, March 16. Pete Erickson Senior was 76. He moved to Petersburg in 1966.

He was initially medevaced to Virginia Mason Hospital in Seattle in late February suffering from other serious health problems. His son, also Pete Erickson, has since tested positive for the virus and is in quarantine in Washington state. The younger Erickson does not know for sure where he and his father were exposed but thinks it happened during his father’s time in the hospital in Seattle.

He’s taken to social media and the airwaves to urge people to take the threat seriously. He called into to KFSK’s daily update and spoke with Joe Viechnicki Monday.

The Petersburg Medical Center’s hotline for anyone who thinks they may have been exposed to the coronavirus and has symptoms is 772-5788.