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A Detroit emergency nurse became one of the first Michigan health workers to die from the coronavirus.
Lisa Ewald died alone at her home in Dearborn – the cause of death of COVID-19, according to reports. She was last heard on Tuesday. A friend found his body the next day. She would have been 54 on Saturday.
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“You still think it can’t affect you to some extent. So this is a reality for me, “niece Carly Ewald told Fox 2 Detroit on Saturday.
Lisa Ewald has been working on the front lines since the coronavirus hit Michigan and patients began flooding the emergency room at Henry Ford Hospital where she worked, the station said.
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“It is nice to hear that she was so willing to be on the front line, but it is also scary for those who are still there,” said her niece.
Lisa Ewald had symptoms of coronavirus at the end of March – a high fever and a cough, the station reported. She has lost her sense of smell and taste. She suffered from asthma, which put her at greater risk.
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She told friends that she had tried to get tested twice, according to the station. When it was finally tested, it tested positive for COVID-19.
Henry Ford told the station that he follows CDC guidelines for testing workers for the virus.
“There are no adequate words to describe how sad we are,” said Henry Ford president and CEO Wright Lassiter III. “Our hearts are painful for the family, friends and colleagues of our employees.”
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“As health care providers on the front lines of this pandemic, we know that we are not immune to its traumatic effects.”