A one-day-old baby in Louisiana died from complications from the coronavirus, according to East Baton Rouge Beau Clark coroner.
The baby’s mother was admitted to Baton Rouge hospital with Covid-19 symptoms before starting labor three months earlier while her body was fighting illness.
She stays in the hospital on assisted ventilation.
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Dr. Clark said the mother “went into labor prematurely and eventually delivered the baby prematurely, and by doing so, the baby, due to extreme prematurity, did not survive.”
The coroner said the child had not tested positive for Covid-19, but doctors and the state epidemiologist agreed that the death could be considered a coronavirus-related death.
It was the first virus-related death in the state from a newborn baby.
Doctors are studying whether the coronavirus can be transmitted to a baby by the mother by vertical transmission.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found more than 2,500 confirmed cases of coronavirus in children between February 12 and April 2. About 6% of these cases had to be hospitalized. The agency has confirmed three pediatric deaths.
The newborn was one of seven virus-related deaths reported on Monday by Baton Rouge officials. Twenty-seven people in the state capital died as a result of the epidemic.
Louisiana has identified nearly 15,000 confirmed infections in the state, including 512 deaths.
As of April 6, 562 people were on respiratory assistance, although Governor John Bel Edwards said hospitalization rates were declining, authorities highlighting success of mitigation efforts and strict social distancing measures in place from the start last month.
The pandemic has claimed the lives of more than 10,500 people in the United States, according to data from Johns Hopkins University on Monday.
Over 356,000 people tested positive for the virus.