Maridav / ShutterstockOne of Georgia’s first health care worker deaths due to COVID-19 was a 42-year-old mother who passed away in her home. (Maridav / Shutterstock)
Diedre Wilkes was a mammogram technician at Piedmont Newnan Hospital, southwest of Atlanta. Last week, she was showing symptoms of the flu, and by Thursday she had died.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, a friend became concerned for her when she didn’t answer phone calls for a few days, and requested police check on her.
When officers entered Wilkes’ home, they found 42-year-old Diedre Wilkes had already been dead for 12 to 16 hours. The Journal-Constitution also said the woman’s young child, 4 or 5 years old, was present. According to NBC News, the child was “by her body.”
Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said Wilkes had no known underlying conditions, and although she’d had flu-like symptoms the week before, she didn’t get tested for the coronavirus.
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