A one-day-old girl died after her mother contracted the coronavirus and had to give birth prematurely.
The newborn became the youngest victim of Louisiana on Monday, after her mother was placed on a ventilator, officials there confirmed.
In a daily briefing, Monday, East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Beau Clark said, “The baby didn’t survive because of the extreme prematurity.”
He blamed the mother for COVID-19 disease for giving birth, adding, “Probably she would not have given birth prematurely and there would have been another outcome. This is an incredibly sad case. ‘
The girl survived for only one day, and the coroner said that both he and the Louisiana state epidemiologist agreed that she belongs in the state’s grim death toll.
Clark said the mother was hospitalized on April 1 and is still alive. He provided no details about her condition and no identifying information.
He added: “The child has not been tested positive for COVID-19 as of now, but the mother was, and speaking to the state epidemiologist, we all agree, including myself and the physicians involved in the care that this would be a COVID-19 related death due to the positive nature of the mother in this scenario. ‘
“The baby didn’t survive because of the extreme prematurity,” said East Baton Rouge parish coroner Beau Clark, who blamed the mother for COVID-19 disease for giving birth to her.
Cindy Morris, left and Swarnamala Ratnayaka wear personal protective equipment before preparing RNA for testing for the COVID-19 virus in the molecular pathology laboratory at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans last Thursday
Louisiana’s coronavirus caseload grew to nearly 15,000 people with confirmed infections on Monday, about 12 percent of whom were hospitalized
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In one study, researchers from China examined 33 newborn babies whose mothers had COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus while she was pregnant.
Nearly 10 percent of babies – three of them – were found to have the virus, including one that required mechanical ventilation.
In the second study, which looked at 32 pregnant women from China and Hong Kong, researchers found that 47 percent delivered their babies prematurely.
He added, “If she hadn’t been COVID-19 positive, needed respiratory support, hadn’t had the shortness of breath and hypoxia associated with the virus, she probably wouldn’t have given birth prematurely and would have been of another result.
“You hope this will never happen here in our state, but it is and we will certainly continue to deal with that issue.”
This premature baby was not the first American newborn to die under similar circumstances, he added.
Louisiana’s coronavirus caseload grew to nearly 15,000 people with confirmed infections on Monday, about 12 percent of whom were hospitalized.
With health officials warning that hospitals in New Orleans could soon be overwhelmed, the state opened an improvised ‘step-down’ hospital in the city’s convention center on Monday for people with less severe symptoms who don’t have a ventilator or a bed in intensive care need .
Governor John Bel Edwards has ordered schools closed to the end of April, pick up and deliver limited restaurants, and shuttered companies that are considered non-essential, such as gyms, hair salons, and bars.
As testing capacity grows, Louisiana officials are getting more data about the size of the virus’s footprint in the state.
On Thursday, April 2, medical workers screen people looking for tests at a test center for the new coronavirus in New Orleans
A look inside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in preparation for patients with coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New Orleans, Louisiana on April 5
The state health service has been able to report more than 69,000 test results to date. The results of thousands of other tests are still pending at commercial labs, hospitals and small test sites, the department said.
Louisiana and the New Orleans area have been an epicenter for the virus, and Governor John Bel Edwards has repeatedly warned of impending shortages for fans and intensive care units.
In an interview on CNN Sunday, Edwards said that the New Orleans area is expected to exceed the fan capacity around April 9 and days later the capacity of the ICU beds.