One-day-old Baby Dies from Coronavirus Complications in Baton Rouge, La.

A one-day-old girl has died from complications due to COVID-19, according to the East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner, Beau Clark, M.D.

Clark says a pregnant mother was admitted to a Baton Rouge hospital on April 1 with COVID-related symptoms, including shortness of breath and fever. She was placed on a ventilator and tested positive for COVID-19.

The mother went into pre-term labor and delivered her daughter prematurely at 22 weeks. The baby did not survive, Clark says.

Clark explained that the child has not tested positive for COVID-19, but the hospital is working to confirm the results of her test. He and the state’s epidemiologists agree this is a COVID-related death.

“Had the mother not had the symptoms and been on a ventilator, she may not have gone into pre-term labor,” he said during a Facebook live on April 6.

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