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NGMC nurse ‘Mama Deb’ dies after weeks in critical care, COVID-19 diagnosis

A Northeast Georgia Health System licensed practical nurse who tested positive for COVID-19 died May 12 after several weeks in critical care.

Deb Stevers, known to her colleagues as “Mama Deb,” died Tuesday morning, according to a statement provided by NGHS president and CEO Carol Burrell. She was 61.

Stevers joined the health system 15 years ago and worked in the progressive coronary care unit at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville.

“She took many new nurses under her wing and nurtured them through the early years of their careers. We, and her patients, will miss her friendly spirit and outgoing approach to life,” Burrell said in a statement. “We continue to do all we can to protect our heroes on the front lines of this battle, and they continue bringing their best, every day, to care for our community. There’s no better way to honor Deb’s life and legacy.”

According to her obituary, Stevers was a member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church in Buford. Private services will be held at a later date.

NGHS spokesman Sean Couch said 113 employees have tested positive for the virus since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. NGHS employs more than 9,000 people.

The health system reported Friday it was treating 95 confirmed positive patients at its four hospitals and New Horizons Limestone, a long-term care facility. The system was treating 135 patients a week ago.