HESPERIA, Calif. — A 32-year-old pregnant woman from Hesperia died on June 26 from COVID-19, becoming the second pregnant woman in the state of California to die from the disease, according to county health officials.
Officials said the woman’s child survived, has tested negative for COVID-19, and is doing well in the neonatal intensive care unit at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center.
“This tragic event reminds us all of the severity of COVID-19, especially for vulnerable members of our community such as those who are pregnant,” said Dr. Erin Gustafson, acting health officer for the County of San Bernardino. “Our hearts are with her family in this time of grieving.”
So far, 72 pregnant women in San Bernardino County have contracted COVID-19. The woman who died had underlying health conditions.
The woman’s death in our County follows the first death of a pregnant woman in California announced by Los Angeles County in June.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, pregnant women may be at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared with non-pregnant women.
- Pregnant women and their families should take steps to stay healthy and reduce their risk for getting COVID-19.
- Latina and Black pregnant women may be disproportionately affected by COVID-19 during pregnancy, according to the CDC.
- Among reproductive-age women with COVID-19, pregnancy was associated with hospitalization and increased risk for admission into the ICU and need for a ventilator.
Gustafson urged pregnant women to stay home as much as possible. Wearing a mask, physical distancing, and practicing frequent handwashing may also reduce the risk of contracting COVID-19.
18,275 Confirmed Cases (up 4.9% from the previous day)
304 Deaths (up 0% from the previous day)
172,194 Tested (up 1.4% from the previous day)
For more statistics from the COVID-19 Surveillance Dashboard, click the desktop or mobile
tab on the County’s sbcovid19.com website.
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