Family speaks out after first COVID-19 related death in Carter County

Published: May. 20, 2020 at 11:38 PM CDT
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Brandi Raymond of Ardmore said her mother, Elaine Turner, would have turned 65 this year.

"Of course we always thought, you know, it's happening but it's not gonna be us, but it was us and she did suffer a lot from it." Raymond said.

Raymond said her mother loved her family, her husband, son-in-law, grand-daughter, cat and the Dallas Cowboys.

March 18th is when Raymond said her mother started showing unusual symptoms, unlike her pre existing diabetes.

"Diarrhea, she was coughing, she was throwing up, and that went on for three or four days." Raymond said.

That's when the family decided to call an ambulance.

Turner tested positive for pneumonia, and COVID-19, making her the first official case in Carter County.

"They (health officials) told us that what they suspected, since she didn't really go anywhere, was that one of the other four of us that live here was a carrier." Raymond said.

She said none of them showed any symptoms, and none of them were tested for coronavirus.

But they were placed on a 14-day quarantine and checked their temperatures three times a day.

Turner was released from the hospital on Wednesday, April 8th.

She died in her home on Saturday, April 25th.

The Carter County Health Department said Turner was categorized as recovered from the virus before her death.

"There's just no way to describe how unaware people are." Raymond said.

"It (coronavirus) just does so much to them, and it's so easily transferred, because like I said, momma never went anywhere. It'd be different if she were going to Walmart and touching the baskets, or anywhere out in the public, but she didn't and that's probably the hardest and scariest part. " said Raymond.