Diedre Wilkes was a 42-year-old hospital worker from Georgia who was positive of coronavirus, and she was found lifeless in her home a few days ago with her 4-year-old child by her body.
Wilkes’ body was found in the living room of her home in Newnan, Atlanta after a family member called the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and requested a welfare check of Wilkes and her child. The coroner, Richard Hawk, told NBC News that it is believed that the woman lost her life 12 to 16 hours before she was found.
He noted that a posthumous coronavirus test was conducted, and it came back positive. The former hospital worker did not have any known underlying health conditions, and an autopsy was conducted, according to Hawk.
The 42-year-old worked as a mammogram technician at Piedmont Newman Hospital, and a spokesperson for the hospital said in a statement that the staff was “deeply saddened when the coroner notified them of the sudden passing of their colleague”.
The hospital said that they’re contacting employees and patients Wilkes may have had contact with, and they’re providing these individuals with detailed information for self-monitoring and will offer COVID-19 testing to those who request it. They also noted that Wilkes did not work in an area treating known or suspected COVID-19 patients.
Georgia has more than 3,000 confirmed coronavirus cases (at the time of writing), and the number of people who have lost their lives due to the virus in the state is 102.