Parents in so-called ‘mom code’ allegedly refuse to get kids tested for COVID-19 to help keep schools open

The so-called “mom code” is allegedly being shared by some parents in Utah.

Health officials are sounding the alarm about a group of parents in Utah who are allegedly pledging to not have their children tested for COVID-19 in order to make infection numbers artificially appear lower.

The alleged push to avoid getting kids tested, dubbed the “mom code,” is seen in messages shared on Facebook urging parents to keep their child at home if they show COVID-19 symptoms, but to not get tested.

The messages are reportedly being shared among parents in Utah’s Davis School District, which oversees more than 73,000 students in Davis County, Utah.

“If there is a quarantine with a sports team or with any of the classrooms, they are encouraging each other not to have their children tested,” said Genevra Prothero, a parent in the school district, who fears community spread if the “mom code” is encouraged. “This is a time where we need to really focus on tracing the virus so we can be able to stop the spread.”

State health officials say it’s unknown how many parents are actually taking part in the alleged “mom code,” but warn that those who do could be contributing to the spread of COVID-19.

PHOTO: Facebook screenshots allegedly show parents discouraging testing for COVID-19.

Facebook screenshots allegedly show parents discouraging testing for COVID-19.

“Testing is a critical element of our response,” health officials told “Good Morning America” in a statement, in part. “Identifying cases …is a key strategy to limiting the spread of disease in our communities.”

Davis County currently has more than 8,000 reported cases of COVID-19. The state of Utah has more than 104,000 cases of COVID-19, according to state health data.

The United States is the worst-affected country, with more than 8.6 million diagnosed cases of COVID-19 and at least 225,230 deaths.

Emilie Daly, a mother of four young children, is running for the school board in Davis County. She told “GMA” that while she is not participating in the reported “mom code,” she can understand why some parents would.

“It’s not mandated to get tested, that’s the thing,” she said. “And so we need to remember that it is a choice and you need to make decisions based off of what you feel.”

The Davis School District did not reply to ABC News’ request for comment. ABC News also reached out to some of the parents allegedly involved in the so-called “mom code” and they also did not reply.

Students in the district are currently attending school on a varied, hybrid model of in-person and remote learning, according to the school district’s website.

The school district’s Board of Education last week released its quarantine protocols for students and staff, noting that in the case of a school outbreak, the classroom or school would enter a “14-day quarantine with students moving to remote learning.”

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51-year-old mom carrying daughter’s baby as gestational surrogate

Most mothers give their children the gift of life once, when they’re born. But one mom from Illinois is giving her daughter that gift again — by carrying her baby. 

At 51years old, Julie Loving is nearly nine months pregnant as the gestational surrogate for her daughter, Breanna Lockwood. It’s a gift that feels surreal to Lockwood.

After several rounds of IVF and suffering multiple miscarriages, Lockwood’s doctor told her she and her husband might want to look into surrogacy. It was something Loving had been pushing for a while. She even volunteered to be the surrogate, but Lockwood wasn’t sure at first.

“I just kept telling her no and kept turning her down pretty frequently, only because I didn’t think it was a possibility with my mom’s age, and my mom was actually menopausal,” Lockwood told CBS News. “So, as far as I knew about reproductive science, that didn’t add up, that wouldn’t work.”

However, after several tests and exams, doctors determined that Loving was fit to be her surrogate. “I laughed,” Lockwood said.

When her daughter was struggling with infertility, Julie Loving had been suggesting she look into surrogacy. Now, she’s acting as her surrogate. 

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“It’s true, she thought I was crazy,” Loving said. However, Loving was confident she could carry a baby at 51. “I wasn’t really nervous about it. I’m pretty healthy, so I thought going into it, I’m healthier than I was in my 20s. So I really wasn’t worried about anything.”

Loving is a two-time Boston Marathon runner and a triathlete. She’s had two children of her own and felt sure she could carry another, especially knowing how much it would mean for her daughter.

“I just had this feeling, like she’s been trying for so long, and I just wanted to give her some hope that there’s other options,” she told CBS News.

Through the IVF process, the baby girl she is carrying is genetically Lockwood’s and her husband’s. The only biological connection she has to the baby — besides carrying her — is grandma.

“This is pretty much the closest place this baby could be, rather than my own body, is with her,” Lockwood said.

She has been using instagram to share her journey through infertility, and now surrogacy. She hopes she can connect with other women going through the same thing to let them know they’re not alone. 

Breanna and Aaron Lockwood’s daughter is due in November. Until she’s born, she’ll stay with her grandma, Julie Loving, who is carrying her as a gestational surrogate.

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“Where there’s a will, there’s a way,” she told CBS News. “Motherhood can come in all forms, whether it’s through IVF or whether it’s through surrogacy or through adoption.”

The Lockwoods’ baby girl is due in November. Until she’s born, she’ll stay with Grandma Loving, who selflessly offered to carry her into the world. 

“We’re just so grateful that we were able to do this. There are some nerves in there, but

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Pregnant mom recovers from coronavirus after induced coma, gives birth to healthy twins

A mother in Ireland who was diagnosed with coronavirus just nine weeks into her pregnancy and then placed in a two-week induced coma as she battled the illness gave birth to healthy twin girls last week.

Danielle Martin and her family are calling the safe arrival of the twins “a miracle” after doctors reportedly said it would be “highly unlikely” that the babies would survive her battle with coronavirus, SWNS reported.

Danielle Martin was just nine weeks pregnant when she told her partner she felt like she was suffocating. 

Danielle Martin was just nine weeks pregnant when she told her partner she felt like she was suffocating. 

“It’s definitely a miracle for us,” Bryan Green, who shares three older boys with Martin, told the news outlet. “They’re our wee princesses.”


It started on March 30 when Martin told Green she felt like she was suffocating. At the time, she was nine weeks pregnant and thought she was expecting one baby. The 32-year-old was rushed to the hospital near their home in Belfast. She tested positive for COVID-19 and her condition soon deteriorated, SWNS reported.

“At first, I thought I just had a sore throat which led to a bad chest and I thought it must be a chest infection but I could barely breathe after six days,” she told SWNS. “It felt like I was suffocating so Bryan decided to call an ambulance who came within five minutes and took me away – I was terrified.”

Bryan Green said he was shocked when he called the hospital to find out that she had been placed in an induced coma.

Bryan Green said he was shocked when he called the hospital to find out that she had been placed in an induced coma.

She was placed on a ventilator to help with her breathing, but when her oxygen levels dropped they put her into an induced coma, SWNS reported.


“I rang the hospital to say I needed to get in touch with my partner and a consultant came on the phone to tell me they’d rushed her up to the theater and put her in a coma,” Green told the news outlet. “I was just speechless on the phone, I didn’t know what to say it was madness.”

Doctors allegedly then informed Green it would be “highly unlikely” for the baby to survive the ordeal.

Ava and Amelia survived their mother's battle with COVID-19 and were born healthy last week. 

Ava and Amelia survived their mother’s battle with COVID-19 and were born healthy last week. 

Research on coronavirus in pregnant women is ongoing. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that based on what is already known, pregnant people may be at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 compared to non-pregnant people. Additionally, COVID-19 may have an increased risk of adverse pregnancy outcomes such as pre-term birth.


Researchers say the outcomes thus far have been impacted by timing of infection during pregnancy, severity of the disease, and whether the newborn was also diagnosed with COVID-19. Two reports recently published on the virus’ impact on pregnant women showed that more than half

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