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Rise in Pregnant Women With Covid-19 Being Admitted to Evansville Hospitals

An alarming trend is hitting tri-state hospitals -- with more pregnant women being admitted with Covid-19.

Posted: May 11, 2021 7:09 PM
Updated: May 11, 2021 9:25 PM

Doctors at St. Vincent and Deaconess both say in just the last week, they have had several pregnant women with Covid-19 have to stay in the hospital in critical condition.

Doctors say pregnant patients are more at risk for having severe symptoms with Covid-19, which could lead to mechanical ventilation.

And say while this uptick is sad, it is expected, because the vaccination roll-out has focused more on the older population -- leading to pregnant women in their 20s and 30s, weary of getting the vaccine and incredibly sick with the virus.

"The mortality rate is twenty times greater for patients that have Covid are pregnant so there is a significant risk there," said Dr. Brennan Fitzpatrick, chief medical officer at The Women's Hospital over at Deaconess.

Doctors strongly urge unvaccinated pregnant women to roll up their sleeves to better protect their and their unborn child's lives.

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