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Wife of Raleigh Sanitation Worker Who Died of COVID-19 Speaks

The wife of a Raleigh sanitation worker who died of COVID-19 is advising people to take the virus seriously. Adrian Grubbs, a father of three, was just 37 years old.

“He was just a wonderful man,” said his wife, Chanda Grubbs.

Her family is in quarantine after health officials confirm Adrian died from COVID-19.

“Very dedicated. Hard worker. You know, anything you need. Anything you need help with or whatever, he was always there,” she explained.

Chanda left heartbroken, in disbelief over how quickly this virus claimed her husband’s life.

Here’s the timeline:

  • March 11: Adrian started feeling sick.
  • March 13: He stayed home from work. He worked for the City of Raleigh, which advised him to get tested for COVID-19, which he did.
  • March 16: He learned the test was rejected, the saliva had dried up. He went to be re-tested.
  • March 19: He was taken to the ER. His condition kept getting worse. There he received another test for COVID-19. He was kept in isolation.
  • March 20: They learned he tested positive.
  • March 22: He was moved to UNC Hospitals.
  • March 25: Adrian died in the hospital.

“My husband was a homebody. That was one thing about him. He wasn’t no party person. You know he wasn’t no in-the-crowd type person,” Chanda said.

She had a message to people about COVID-19.

“Originally, I didn’t take it serious. Until and then things like that hit close to home, you know? It’s a wake-up call,” she said.

Health officials said Adrian had pre-existing conditions. Chanda said it was high blood pressure. She wants an autopsy to be performed.

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