Sumary of Hawaii has first confirmed maternal death due to COVID-19:
- Hawaii has had its first confirmed, maternal death due to COVID-19, according to the chair of a committee that tracks them for state.
- Dr. Stacy Tsai, chair of the Hawaii State Maternal Mortality Review Committee, confirmed the first maternal death in the state due to COVID-19. A maternal death usually means the mother died during pregnancy or after giving birth.
- Tsai could not share specific details of the case due to medical privacy, but confirmed it was recent and that the patient suffered from a very severe disease due to COVID.
- Any maternal death is devastating, she said, with impacts for the entire family and community.
- ” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pregnant and recently pregnant women are at a higher risk for severe illness from COVID-19 than women who are not.
- The Hawaii Department of Health does not have a breakdown of how many fully vaccinated residents are pregnant.
- Hawaii Pacific Health, which runs Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, confirmed an increase in unvaccinated, pregnant women with COVID being hospitalized and having to deliver prematurely.
- Tsai, a high-risk maternal physician, recommends that her patients get vaccinated against COVID-19 to prevent severe disease.