Georgia healthcare worker lies dead in home from coronavirus for up to 16 hours before police arrive to discover her and young son in the home
- Dedra Wilkes, 42, a mammogram technician at Piedmont Newnan Hospital was found dead last week in her home by police during a police welfare check
- Wilkes tested positive for coronavirus after her death
- Police also found a five-year-old boy in the house where they found Wilkes
- Hospital officials say Wilkes did not treat patients who were diagnosed with or suspected to have coronavirus
- A 48-year-old worker at Donalsonville Hospital in Georgia also died from coronavirus last week
- Another employee at Donalsonville was also infected with coronavirus and has since been isolated
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A Georiga healthcare worker who tested positive for coronavirus was found dead in her apartment by police performing a welfare check.
Police say Dedra Wilkes, a 42-year-old mammogram technician at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, was dead at her home in Coweta County, Georgia for at least 12 to 16 hours before they arrived.
They found Wilkes, along with her five-year-old son, at the home during a welfare check.
Lab tests performed after her death confirmed Wilkes died from coronavirus.
‘This employee did not work in an area treating known or suspected COVID-19 patients. Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee’s family during this difficult time,’ Piedmont Healthcare spokesman John Manasso said in a release.
Dedra Wilkes, 42, who worked as a mammogram technician at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, died in her home last Wednesday from coronavirus
He added, ‘Because we were told that an initial COVID-19 test performed after her death was positive, and because we know people can expose others before they show evidence of the disease, as a cautionary measure, we have contacted the employees and patients who may have had contact with this employee in the days leading up to the colleague’s last day at work.’
The second healthcare worker in Georgia to die last week from coronavirus was a 48-year-old unnamed woman who worked at Donalsonville Hospital, located in the southwestern portion of the state. She died at a hospital in Tallahassee, Florida.
Another employee at Donalsonville also tested positive for coronavirus and is currently in self-quarantine. To date, five patients at the hospital have tested positive and two have been quarantined.
So far, five patients at Donalsonville Hospital in Georgia have tested positive for coronavirus and two of them have been isolated
To date, 800 people in Georgia have been infected with coronavirus and 26 people have died from the illness
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has also ordered ‘medically fragile’ to shelter in place for two weeks, which includes residents of nursing homes
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp has banned public gatherings of more than 10 people
So far, more than 50,000 people in the United States has tested positive for coronavirus, including 628 deaths
As of noon Tuesday, Georgia has confirmed 1,026 cases of coronavirus, which have led to 32 deaths. Those reported cases have risen by roughly 28 percent since Monday.
Concerns are growing among healthcare workers in the state about keeping their workplace safe. But some say they can protect themselves if they have the right equipment.
‘We know how to do it,’ Irma Westmoreland, a nurse at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, ‘we just have to have the right protective equipment.’
On Monday, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced the state will provide protective gear and emergency medical supplies for hospitals throughout the state.
Kemp has also ordered ‘medically fragile’ to shelter in place for two weeks. That includes people in long-term care facilities and people susceptible to infection.
The Georgia governor closed all public schools until the end of March. He also banned public gatherings of more than 10 people unless they are standing more than six feet apart.
‘We are all part of the solution. If your friends, neighbors or local organizations are not complying, call them out,’ Kemp said during a press conference.