Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said a 42-year-old mammogram technician at Piedmont Newman Hospital, who was not identified, died from the CCP virus.
The Epoch Times refers to the novel coronavirus, which causes the disease COVID-19, as the CCP virus because the Chinese Communist Party’s coverup and mismanagement allowed the virus to spread throughout China before it was transmitted worldwide.
Hawk said she has been dead for between 12 and 16 hours when the police checked on her. They found her child, who is between the ages of 4 and 5, beside her, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Tests performed after her death showed she contracted the CCP virus, Hawk said.
An autopsy is being conducted although the woman didn’t have any known underlying health problems, NBC News reported. It is not clear where she contracted the virus.
A hospital spokesperson said that staff members are “deeply saddened when the coroner notified us … of the sudden passing of our colleague.”
The hospital has since informed patients who she may have had contact with.
“Piedmont is providing these individuals with detailed information for self-monitoring and will offer COVID-19 testing to those who request it,” the facility’s 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.”
According to the coroner, a 48-year-old healthcare worker in Georgia also died from the virus this week, the AJC also reported.
A running tally provided by Johns Hopkins University shows the United States had more than 82,000 cases as of Thursday night with more than 1,000 deaths.