The county reports the first death from the Corona virus for an unvaccinated pregnant woman

A nurse in the intensive care unit at Sharp Grosmont Hospital takes a moment to calm a COVID-19 patient. (Zoë Meyers/newsource)

An unvaccinated woman who died earlier this week was the first pregnant woman in San Diego to die of COVID-19, county Health and Human Services Agency announced Friday.

The woman died this week after being taken to hospital, as did her unborn child. Her age and other details of her death and pregnancy have not been reported to protect her family’s privacy.

“This is a very unfortunate death, and my deepest condolences to the family and friends of the deceased,” said Dr. Sima Shah, medical director of HHSA’s Epidemiology and Immunization Services Branch. “Being infected with COVID-19 during pregnancy puts you at a higher risk of serious complications and death.

“We urge any pregnant and unvaccinated woman to get vaccinated to protect herself and her children,” Shah said.

Dr. Joanna Adamsack, maternity-fetal specialist and chief medical officer at Sharp Marie Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns, called the news “heartbreaking and tragic” and echoed the medical advice.

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