Coronavirus updates: Expecting mothers fear hospitals; Popular restaurant looks to reopen date

Updated: Apr 21, 2020

Since the coronavirus pandemic hit Fresno County, some local hospitals have been hearing from expecting mothers who are afraid of visiting hospitals as COVID-19 cases mount.

Fears of infections and of delivering without their partners in the room have grown after news surfaced that nearly a dozen nurses at Kaiser Permanente Fresno Medical Center contracted the virus, most while on the job.

Mothers also worry about shortages of beds and medical staff, according to Shantay Davies-Balch, president and chief executive officer for the Black Wellness and Prosperity Center. Davies-Balch’s organization was one of several groups that recently added their names to a letter to Gov. Newsom, detailing their concerns over the pandemic’s effect on maternity ward resources.

“Women were really just starting to feel fearful of having their babies in the hospital,” Davies-Balch said.

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