Bethany Johnson holds her newborn son, Irving Johnson, inside Spencer Hospital's Birth Center as her husband, Ryan Johnson, looks inside from a window.

Their sign of hope: A Spencer family’s story about giving birth during COVID-19

Bethany Johnson knew exactly what to do last month when her water broke. Her first baby was on the way. So, shortly after 7:30 a.m. on April 11, Johnson and her husband, Ryan, went to Spencer Hospital, which is just across Grand Avenue from their house. Unfortunately, that’s when other things stopped going according to plan. 

Ryan had been experiencing symptoms of a common cold. Normally, that’s no big deal, but in a time when COVID-19 was just starting to show up in Clay County, the hospital was beginning to take every precaution necessary to protect patients and staff.