• Two medical personnel have died after contracting COVID-19 in Georgia
  • They were the first two heath care employee deaths in the state
  • One woman’s body was found at her home during a welfare check with her 4-year-old

Two Georgia health care workers, both in their forties, died last week after contracting COVID-19. The women are the first two medical personnel in the state to lose their life to the virus.

Diedre Wilkes, who worked as a mammogram technician at the Piedmont Newnan Hospital, was found deceased in her home when a family member called the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office to do a welfare check. Coweta County Coroner, Richard Hawk, told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution the woman had been dead in her home for 12 to 16 hours and her 4-year-old was in the home.

Wilkes had exhibited flu-like symptoms for about a week before her death and did not have any known underlying health conditions. Laboratory tests after her death confirmed the woman had COVID-19. An autopsy is being conducted to determine the exact cause of death.

The other woman, 48, worked at Donalsonville Hospital in southwestern Georgia. She died last Thursday in a Tallahassee, Florida hospital and had a chronic health condition, according to the Georgia Department of Public Health. Donalsonville Hospital was notified that an employee tested positive for COVID-19 at a hospital in Florida and died from the virus.

Donalsonville Hospital was notified that a healthcare employee, that was not a resident of Seminole County, tested positive for COVID-19 at another hospital and subsequently passed away. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our employee and send our thoughts and prayers to all friends and family. Additionally, we have one healthcare worker positive for COVID-19 who is self-quarantining at home. Healthcare workers are on the front lines of fighting this virus and deserve the utmost respect and honor for doing their jobs. We are following the CDC and public health recommendations and will contact patients and employees who had direct contact with this employee.

Donalsonville Hospital

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