Diedre Wilkes’, 42, was found dead in her home. Her 4-year-old child was found beside her body. The healthcare worker had COVID-19.
On Thursday, Wilkes’ body was found in the living room of her home located in Newnan, Georgia. Her body was discovered after a concerned family member contacted the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office and requested a welfare check because they had been unable to reach her.
The coroner stated that she had been dead between 12 and 16 hours before her body was discovered.
A posthumous coronavirus test came back positive. Wilkes did not have any known underlying health conditions. Wilkes was employed at the Piedmont Newnan Hospital as a mammogram technician.
On Wednesday, a spokesperson for the hospital stated that the staff was “deeply saddened when the coroner notified us … of the sudden passing of our colleague.”
As a precaution, the hospital has contracted employees and patients that had recent contact with Wilkes.
“Piedmont is providing these individuals with detailed information for self-monitoring and will offer COVID-19 testing to those who request it,” the statement read. “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.”
As of Tuesday, Georgia has 38 deaths and 1,000 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. Wilkes’ death and the death of another healthcare worker are Georgia’s first deaths connected to the state’s medical personnel. The other healthcare worker, 48, died on Thursday at a Florida hospital.