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This story was updated at 11:52 p.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, with more information.

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The Floyd County, Georgia, coroner has confirmed that a Rome woman died Wednesday night due to respiratory failure after testing positive for COVID-19. 

Floyd County Coroner Gene Proctor said that 65-year-old Elizabeth Wells was admitted to the hospital on March 7 and was tested positive for the novel coronavirus virus on March 12, battling extreme respiratory complications before dying Wednesday night at about 6 p.m. at Redmond Regional Medical Center in Rome. 

Wells was a member of the Church at Liberty Square in Cartersville and the church has been updating its congregation on its Facebook page about Wells' status. 

"I'm so sorry to tell you that our dear sister Beth didn't make it, a post on Wednesday night read. "She went home to be with the Lord today."

Two other members of the church are recovering, according to Facebook posts. 

Proctor said he is closely monitoring six patients in Floyd County who have tested positive for COVID-19. He and other medical professionals are still waiting on a number of tests results to come back. 

After being so close to what the coronavirus looks like, Proctor stressed that people should stay inside and avoid contact with other people as much as possible. 

"This has gone from a contact precaution to a passive precaution," he said. "I've been monitoring six patients closely and I can tell you, this is not a mild virus."

Wells is at least the fourth known death in the state of Georgia. On Wednesday, the Georgia Public Health Department announced there were 197 confirmed cases of the coronavirus. 

This is a developing story. Contact Patrick Filbin at pfilbin@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6476. Follow him on Twitter @PatrickFilbin.

 

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