//California detective died from the coronavirus after twice being denied check for virus: report

California detective died from the coronavirus after twice being denied check for virus: report

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A California detective died from coronavirus issues after docs twice refused to check her for the virus, in keeping with a report Sunday.

When Santa Rosa Det. Marylou Armer, 43, was lastly examined March 23, the check got here again optimistic, the Santa Rosa Press Democrat experiences.

However by then “it was too late already,” sister Mari Lau advised the paper.

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Santa Rosa Det. Marylou Armer was 43 when she died from the coronavirus on March 31.

Santa Rosa Det. Marylou Armer was 43 when she died from the coronavirus on March 31.
(Santa Rosa Police Division)

Lau advised the paper that a physician at Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo Medical Heart advised her sister that due to her age and lack of underlying medical circumstances she was not thought-about susceptible to the virus.

The check was lastly administered when her husband took her to the hospital, the paper reported. Within the emergency room, she was shortly sedated and intubated in an effort to spice up the dangerously low ranges of oxygen in her bloodstream.

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After the check got here again optimistic, Armer was positioned in a medically induced coma within the hopes that her situation would enhance, in keeping with the paper. However she by no means awakened and died March 31.

Lau advised the paper her sister’s lack of ability to be examined was “very frustrating.” On the time, medical suppliers throughout america have been imploring the federal authorities to present them extra testing kits to raised observe the unfold of the virus.

Kaiser confirmed Saturday that Armer wasn’t instantly examined in a press release Saturday to the Press Democrat.

Her docs had adhered to “public health authority testing guidelines, which have been based on a very limited availability of tests,” Dr. David Witt, Kaiser’s nationwide infectious illness knowledgeable, mentioned, in keeping with the paper.

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“We offer heartfelt sympathies to Detective Armer’s family and loved ones at this profoundly difficult time,” Witt mentioned.

Armer first thought she had the flu, her sister advised the paper.

Days later, her fever and physique aches subsided slightly, however she nonetheless had some bother respiration.

“She said she’d never felt this kind of sickness in her body before,” Lau mentioned.

Armer was the primary California peace officer to die from the coronavirus.

Lau mentioned her sister cherished being a police officer.

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“She really loved helping her community,” Lau mentioned. “She just loved her job. She wanted to help anyone and everyone she could.”