Police Officer and Mother Dies After Weeks of Trying to Get Tested for COVID-19

April 14, 2020

The Santa Rosa Police Department in California is mourning the death of Detective Marylou Armer.

Armer died of coronavirus after weeks of trying to get tested, reported People. She was 43.

Before dying, the detective was denied testing twice. She spent her last days trying to fight off a fever, shortness of breath, and body aches.

At first, when she was feeling sick, she told her sister Mari Lau that she thought that she had the flu.

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

She allegedly said that Kaiser Permanente’s Vallejo Medical Center did not give her a test.

Despite not being tested, Armer was told that it was because of her age and that she did not have underlying medical conditions. Doctors allegedly say she was not considered “vulnerable to the illness.”

Lau explained that her sister’s health declined on March 23. Armer’s husband quickly brought her to the emergency room. After doctors met with her, Armer was sedated and intubated to give her more oxygen. She was later tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed in a medically induced coma. The detective never woke up and died on March 31.

Armer is survived by her husband and daughter. She is the first California police officer to die from coronavirus. The family said Armer’s death “is very frustrating,” and the whole family will miss her very much.

Kaiser Permanente issued a statement and confirmed that the detective was not immediately given a test.

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