ST. LOUIS (KMOV) – A Missouri nurse who lost her baby to complications from COVID-19 is encouraging others, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated.
Vanessa Alfermann, a nurse at Missouri Baptist in Sullivan, caught COVID-19 shortly after her husband in November 2020. She was about 20 weeks pregnant at the time, and her mild case of the virus quickly took a turn.
“I woke up and realized I was in labor… I realized that something bad was going on,” she said. “I was scared because I knew what this meant. I knew Axel would be born, and I know from being a nurse in school that his outcome was not good.”
Alfermann was rushed to Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, where she delivered her son Axel at just 22 weeks. She had only seconds with him before he died.
“It’s devastating because you have this goal after these nine months that you’re going to have a little baby, a little boy to be yours, to take care of, and to have it just stolen, it was devastating,” she said.
Doctors told Alfermann that COVID-19 caused a blood clot to form on her placenta that eventually erupted.
“To think that there was nothing I could do – Nothing I could have done would have changed what happened because I had COVID,” she said.
As a healthcare worker, Alfermann was one of the first eligible to get the vaccine when it became available just a few weeks after her son’s death. Now, 17 months into the pandemic, she wishes others would also get vaccinated.
“I have family, friends that think this is not real, [that] it’s a hoax, even after knowing my story, that the vaccine is a political issue. It’s definitely like a slap in the face to hear them say this to me,” she said.
Dr. Asal Fathian, a maternal fetal medicine specialist at Mercy, says unvaccinated pregnant women have a higher risk of complications from COVID-19, including premature births, miscarriages and stillbirths.
“Really, the best protection pregnant women have against these complications is getting vaccinated. We know it’s a safe vaccine in pregnancy, women do well with it and it’s just your best way of protecting yourself and your baby,” Fathian said.
Both Alfermann and Fathian are urging others, especially pregnant women, to get vaccinated or at least talk to their doctors.
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Ontario reports 653 new COVID-19 cases, 6 more virus-related deaths – CP24 Toronto's Breaking News
Ontario is reporting another week-over-week decline in its daily COVID-19 case count with fewer than 700 new infections confirmed over the past 24 hours.
Provincial health officials logged 653 new COVID-19 cases today, up slightly from 640 on Saturday but down from 715 one week ago.
The seven-day rolling average of new cases continues to drop, hitting 620 today, down from 709 last Sunday.
Of the new cases confirmed today, 499 are in individuals who are not fully vaccinated or have an unknown vaccination status and 154 are in those who are fully immunized.
With 31,063 tests processed over the past 24 hours, officials are reporting a provincewide positivity rate of two per cent, compared to 2.3 per cent seven days ago.
The province says there are now 177 people with COVID-19 receiving treatment in Ontario intensive care units, declining by five since last Sunday.
Six more virus-related deaths were reported over the past 24 hours but the province says three of those fatalities occurred last month.
Ontario’s active COVID-19 caseload now sits at 5,591, down from 6,396 last Sunday.
More than 80 per cent of eligible Ontarians have now received both doses of a COVID-19 vaccine.
In an effort to boost vaccination rates, the city is holding vaccination clinics in a variety of locations with high foot traffic, including malls across Toronto this weekend.
Dr. Omar Khan, an assistant professor with the University of Toronto’s Institute of Biomedical Engineering, said Ontario’s high vaccination rate will help keep ICUs from filling up.
“By having people vaccinated, that keeps them out of the hospital, keeps them out of the ICUs, and then lets the medical system catch up with everything that’s been piling up,” he told CP24 on Sunday morning.
The numbers used in this story are found in the Ontario Ministry of Health’s COVID-19 Daily Epidemiologic Summary. The number of cases for any city or region may differ slightly from what is reported by the province, because local units report figures at different times.
COVID-19: N.B. reports person in 40s has died, as province adds 82 new cases – Globalnews.ca
A person in their 40s is New Brunswick’s 54th COVID-related death.
The province said in a news release Sunday that the person was from Zone 1 (Moncton region).
The news marked six COVID-related deaths in the province since last Wednesday, under a week ago.
“Each life taken in New Brunswick by COVID-19 is more than a number,” said Premier Blaine Higgs in a news release.
“These are people’s parents, children, friends, neighbours and coworkers.”
The death was announced on the same day the province reported 82 new cases — 64 of which involve people who are not fully vaccinated.
There are now 33 people in New Brunswick hospitalized due to the virus, 15 of whom are in the ICU.
With 33 recoveries reported, the number of active cases is now 628.
Public Health data shows 79.2 per cent of eligible New Brunswickers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and 88 per cent have received their first dose of vaccine.
New cases breakdown
The new cases are:
Zone 1 (Moncton region) – 27 cases
- 12 people 19 and under
- one person 20-29
- three people 30-39
- two people 40-49
- two people 50-59
- two people 70-79
- three people 80-89
- two people 90 and over
Eighteen cases are under investigation and nine are contacts of a previously-confirmed case.
Zone 2 (Saint John region) – four cases
- a person 20-29
- a person 40-49
- a person 60-69
- a person 70-79
Three cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases and one is under investigation.
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Zone 3 (Fredericton region) – 30 cases
- 16 people 19 and under
- six people 20-29
- one person 40-49
- three people 50-59
- four people 60-69
Twenty-two cases are under investigation and eight are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.
Zone 4 (Edmundston region) – 14 cases
- four people 19 and under
- two people 20-29
- six people 30-39
- two people 80-89
Thirteen cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.
Zone 5 (Campbellton region) – two cases
- a person 30-39
- a person 70-79
Both cases are contacts of previously-confirmed cases.
Zone 6 (Bathurst region) – four cases
- three people 30-39
- one person 40-49
Three cases are under investigation and one is a contact of a previously-confirmed case.
Zone 7 (Miramichi region) – one case
- a person 30-39
This case is under investigation.
State of emergency reinstated
On Friday, the province reinstated a state of emergency due to the current level of COVID-19 hospitalizations.
Physical distancing, indoor masking and a proof of vaccination policy for certain services and businesses are now in effect.
Anyone entering New Brunswick must also pre-register through the New Brunswick Travel Registration Program.
New Brunswickers react to reinstated state of emergency
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Outbreak declared at Prince George's University Hospital of Northern BC – BC News – Castanet.net
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at Prince George’s University Hospital of Northern BC Sunday.
Northern Health says nine patients and one staff member on the hospital’s Primary Care Medical Unit have tested positive for the virus, and more testing is currently underway.
As a result, the hospital has restricted the unit to essential visitors only.
The condition of the infected people was not disclosed.
An outbreak at the same hospital last December through January left eight people dead, after 33 people tested positive.
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