Medical examiner identifies 57-year-old woman who died from COVID-19

Posted at 12:02 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 13:02:39-04

The Milwaukee County medical examiner has identified the West Allis woman who died last night from coronavirus complications.

57-year-old Sheila Staten spent a week in the hospital before she passed away.

The medical examiner’s office says Staten developed a fever and cough and one week ago she was admitted to the hospital and diagnosed with coronavirus.

The medical examiner says Staten saw a caregiver in the community earlier, but she did not improve.

Authorities say Staten was on a ventilator after developing acute respiratory distress syndrome known as "ARDs."

That causes fluid to leak into the lungs making breathing difficult to impossible.

Coronavirus also caused her to suffer from kidney failure.

Her family told the medical examiner that she was married and throughout her time at Froedtert, she was not allowed to have any visitors.

Staten’s daughter told authorities that her mother traveled to Texas and Arkansas a few weeks ago, but she was not aware of coming in contact with anyone ill.

The medical examiner’s office says this woman had serious pre-existing health conditions.

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