The unidentified 42-year-old's corpse was found after police conducted a welfare check and discovered the body in her Coweta County home.
The body of a coronavirus-stricken Georgia health care worker was found in her home with her young child more than 12 hours after she died of the illness, according to a report.
It's unknown whether the child, reportedly just five years old, is sick with the virus.
The Georgia woman who worked at Piedmont Newnan Hospital as a mammogram technician was displaying flu-like symptoms.
Coweta County Coroner Richard Hawk said tests following her death confirmed that she had the infectious virus. Wilkes did not have any known underlying health conditions, and an autopsy is being conducted, he said.
"We were deeply saddened when the coroner notified us on Saturday afternoon of the sudden passing of our colleague", the hospital says in a statement provided to PEOPLE.
"Piedmont is providing these individuals with detailed information for self-monitoring and will offer COVID-19 testing to those who request it", John Manasso, a spokesman for Piedmont Healthcare in Atlanta, said. It's unclear when and where Wilkes contracted the virus, and Piedmont Newnan Hospital told NBC Wilkes was not treating any known or suspected COVID-19 cases. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the employee's family during this hard time".
Also on Thursday, a 48-year-old woman who worked at Donalsonville Hospital - located near the border of Georgia, Florida, and Alabama - died of COVID-19, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The deaths come as hospital workers across the United States ask for more personal protective equipment as they treat an increasing number of cases.