A NURSE was found dead from a coronavirus after her employer refused to test her because she had no symptoms.
Lisa Ewald, 53, worked as a nurse at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit for more than 20 years, but died last week after being exposed to the deadly virus.
Ewald said she believed she was exposed to the coronavirus via a patient around March 24 while she was working in the emergency room, Michigan Radio reported.
Neighbor Alexis Fernandez said that Ewald immediately tried to get tested, but that her employer told her that she couldn’t do it until she showed symptoms.
According to his family, the nurse has been denied a test twice, reports Fox News.
“The fact that they didn’t want to test it, it came and went [to the hospital] try to get a test. She was sicker than a dog and it took forever to get the results, “said Fernandez.
Ewald’s niece told WJBK that at the end of March Ewald had a high fever and cough before losing his sense of smell and taste. She said that Ewald also suffered from asthma.
The nurse’s neighbor said that Ewald had been tested a few days after being exposed and texted her on March 30 to tell her that she had tested positive for the virus.
The Henry Ford healthcare system did not immediately return the Sun’s request for comment.
Fernandez said on Tuesday that she had texted Ewald asking how she was, but that she never received a response.
“But I was right next door, you can see through the kitchen window. Its lights were on, the TV was on, the garage was open, ”said Fernandez.
“I thought, ‘Well, maybe she’s sleeping. Because she had irregular sleep patterns. I loaded several times there and she said “Hey, you woke up! “, She added.
But on Wednesday, Fernandez said that a health system nurse had performed a health check on Ewald, when they discovered she died alone.
They knocked on her door and when she did not answer, the neighbors used a spare key that Ewald gave them to enter.
“There she was sitting on the sofa, missing. It was horrible. Faded away. I started shouting, “Lisa! Lisa! She did not move. And I yelled at the nurse, “Aren’t you going to take his pulse? But I knew she was gone. “
Fernandez added: “She was there, sitting there. She was only 54 years old. His birthday [was Saturday]. “
The neighbor argued that the moment Ewald suspected that she had been exposed was when she should have been tested for coronavirus.
“You know, to me it’s unreasonable. She has not been tested [immediately] despite having worked in the hospital in that capacity, “said Fernandez. “And it cost him his life. “
Henry Ford Health System said in a statement that “there are no adequate words to describe how sad we are.”
System officials said they “strictly adhere to CDC guidelines. Currently, the CDC recommends testing employees only when they become symptomatic. “
“Whether at work or at home in isolation, if an employee begins to experience symptoms, they are encouraged to contact Employee Health and arrange for an immediate test.”
“In the meantime, we strongly urge anyone at home with symptoms to immediately go to the nearest emergency room if their symptoms worsen, including increasing fever, uncontrolled cough or breathing problems. “
Ewald’s niece said, “She cared about others so much more than she cared for herself. And that’s what bothers me. “
“It’s nice to hear that she was so willing to be on the front line, but it’s also scary for those who are still there. “
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“It has given me new respect for all the nurses and doctors who continue to do so despite knowing what might come for their families, not just for them,” the niece told WJBK.
As of Monday morning, Michigan had at least 15,700 cases of coronavirus, with more than 600 deaths.
Most confirmed cases of COVID-19 are still in the Detroit area, with approximately 80% in Wayne, Oakland and Macomb counties
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