Michigan mom first coronavirus patient in state to give birth

MARSCHALL, Mich. — A Michigan mother, believed to be the state’s first coronavirus patient to give birth, is back home after having a healthy baby girl.

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Mallory Pease was nine months pregnant when she started showing symptoms of the coronavirus, including a sore throat, cough, and aches and pains, WWMT reported.

“I definitely didn’t think that I would’ve contracted it, especially right before I gave birth," Pease told WWMT. “It was hard to tell what was being nine months pregnant, and what was actually sickness.”

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She went into labor March 22.

“(The doctor) was like, ‘Are you having a contraction or are you just that out of breath?’ And I was like, ‘I can’t breathe,'" Pease said.

Alivia was born five hours later. After spending about five minutes with the newborn, she was taken to an isolated nursery, WWMT reported. Alivia tested negative for the coronavirus.

“We think we’re the first hospital, and Mallory's the first patient in Michigan to deliver being COVID positive, and so that being said, there was not a lot of information really to pull from and to guide what our plan was going to be," nurse Julie Smalley told WWMT.

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Pease was taken to the hospital’s coronavirus ward. She was isolated from her family for the next four days. On Thursday, she was reunited with Alivia and the rest of her family.

“It’s kind of hard to wrap your head around,” Pease told WWMT. “It’s just one in a million I guess.”

There are 21,375 confirmed cases and 1,076 deaths from the coronavirus in Michigan, according to The New York Times.