Chicago Mom of 3 Who Worked as Postal Carrier Dies of Coronavirus Less than a Week After Giving Birth

"When she was in labor, she was running a fever, and they gave her the test for the COVID," Clay's father, Alan Brown, told Fox 6 Now, expressing confusion at his daughter being sent home from the hospital so quickly. "When they did let her go home, they gave her ibuprofen, and we were told from watching the news that that feeds the virus itself. You’re supposed to give them Tylenol."

"The University of Chicago Medicine community extends the deepest sympathy to the family," the University of Chicago Medical Center told CBS Chicago. "We cannot comment on individual cases due to patient privacy laws."

Clay's friends and family remember Clay as a dedicated mother.

"I would just like people to know that she was really, really a nice girl, and she just gave her all to family, and I just wish this had never happened," Clay's friend Liz Price told the outlet.

NALC president Mack Julion told CBS Chicago that the union's members "have to take extra precaution out there."

"The American people are counting on us to deliver," he said, adding that the union has been tracking cases of COVID-19 among its members and that "we want letter carriers to be tested. We are essential. We’re out there. We’re engaging with the public daily. So they can get home safely to their families."

It's unclear if Clay suffered from any pre-existing medical conditions prior to contracting the virus. People ages 65 and older are at a higher risk of severe illness from coronavirus, as are people with underlying medical conditions, including heart conditions, obesity, diabetes, liver disease and chronic kidney disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

All but 6 percent of patients who needed hospitalization had one pre-existing condition, and the majority — 88 percent — had two or more, according to a large study of thousands of patients in New York City that was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

"It is believed that pregnant women may be at higher risk of severe illness, morbidity or mortality compared with the general population," according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

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